Tackling Child Poverty
Living on a low income impacts the daily lives of children and their families. The experience of poverty in childhood can be highly damaging and its consequences can be felt well into adult life. Because of this, tackling child poverty is a key priority.
In 2008 the council and its partners adopted a Child Poverty Strategy and action plan 2008-2011 to make sure that today’s children do not become the parents of poor children tomorrow. You can download our 2010 Child Poverty Needs Assessment from the attached files section below.
Our Child Poverty Strategy 2013-2015 (PDF, 606KB) brings together work that is currently being undertaken by the council and its partners. Our vision is to ensure that:
"children do not live in poverty, and that they are given the opportunity to thrive and achieve and to live safe, happy, healthy, successful and fulfilling lives."
We want to achieve this by focusing on three outcomes:
We want to:
- Make sure every child has the best start in life and is happy and healthy; and
- Help children and young people do well in school so they can get good jobs
We want to help young people and parents to learn new skills and find work.
We want to reduce the impact on children who live in temporary homes or in overcrowded homes, and improve the quality of our estates and the quality of accommodation in the private sector.
Child Poverty Strategy Consultation 2013
We consulted with a range of stakeholders including residents, young people and families, staff, key partners and voluntary and community groups in order to seek their views on the strategy.
The consultation ran from 25 April to 5 June 2013 and the responses received helped to shape the strategy. Details can be found in the Child Poverty Strategy consultation report (PDF, 247KB).
We would like to thank everybody who took the time and effort to respond.
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