Steps to End Child Poverty?


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Presentation on Steps to end child poverty, presented at the REACH2010 event, organised by Hackney CEN.

Presented by Toebe Potash, Lubavitch Youth and Children & Young People’s Providers Forum and

Joanna Sumner, Assistant Director, Policy and Performance, LB Hackney

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Steps to End Child Poverty?

  1. 1. Steps to End Child Poverty? <ul><ul><li>Toebe Potash, Lubavitch Youth and Children & Young People’s Providers Forum and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joanna Sumner, Assistant Director, Policy and Performance, LB Hackney </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. UK facts on children living in poverty <ul><ul><ul><li>The number of Children Living in poverty nationwide is </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 out of 10 ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 out of 10 ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7 out of 10 ? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Workshop Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Showcasing how the Voluntary Sector can support the statutory sector to reduce child poverty locally. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Poverty a call for Community Action - Time to identify the changes and investment needed to eradicate child poverty in future generations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This session will drill down to the core national concerns and focus on the solutions affecting Hackney's communities. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Workshop Outcomes <ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of causes and solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear about community action and activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify strategies and priorities for the CYPPF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider participation in the national campaign </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. UK facts on children living in poverty <ul><ul><li>London 's population generally has high levels of disadvantage. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Across the UK , poverty risks are high for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>most ethnic minority groups, for lone parents and for families in rented accommodation and these are all groups which are strongly represented in London </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes for these groups are actually worse in London but many of the problems are not specific to London </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>London is the sixth richest city in the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides 20% UK 's GDP and is one of the most expensive cities to live in worldwide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet alongside prosperity lives poverty. 4 in 10 (or 650,000) London children live in poverty , 12% above the national average. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>London has the highest proportion of children living in income poverty (after housing costs) of any region or country in Great Britain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child poverty levels in inner London boroughs are higher still; more than one in every two inner London children live in poverty. </li></ul></ul>UK facts on children living in poverty
  7. 7. Who’s Agenda? <ul><ul><ul><li>London Borough Hackney </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>End Child Poverty Campaign Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>London Councils </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hackney, CEN – Children and Young People’s Provider Forum CYPPF </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grant making Trust and Foundations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>City Bridge and City Parochial </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Hackney children poverty Facts <ul><ul><li>4 out of 10 = National Campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hackney has one of the highest rates of child poverty in London. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is ranked as the most deprived borough in London.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moreover, it is the most deprived borough nationally. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Hackney children poverty Facts <ul><ul><li>Particular issues that Hackney faces include </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>high levels of unemployment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>crime and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a poor living environment </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Hackney children poverty Facts 76 (out of 137 2 41% 27% 67% Out of Work 8 In Work 7 Number of Deprived Wards in the Borough 6 Rank of Local Authority 5 ( Out of 354 - where 1 is the most deprived borough in England ). Breakdown of Children in Low Income Families 4 Children in Low Income Families 3
  11. 11. Hackney children poverty Facts HOUSING Number of Children and Expected Children in Temporary Accommodation 2420
  12. 12. UK facts on children living in poverty <ul><ul><li>Lack of part-time jobs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of support from the national tax and benefit system. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of responsibility from social landlords in increasing the employability of their tenants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of flexibility and the cost of childcare in London. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of consistent entitlement to English language training for lower income families. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Our vision for a sustainable Hackney in 2018 :   an aspirational, working borough, a vibrant part of this world city, renowned for its innovative and creative economy; a place that values the diversity of its neighbourhoods, and makes the most of their links across the globe to enrich the economic and social life of everyone who lives in the borough;   a borough with greater opportunity and prosperity for everyone, whatever their background, and narrowing economic, environmental and health inequality. We will have secured the benefits arising from hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games;  
  14. 15. Priorities for Hackney <ul><li>Reduce poverty by supporting residents into sustainable employment, and promoting employment opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Help residents to become better qualified and raise educational aspirations. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote health and wellbeing for all, and support independent living. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the borough safer, and help people to feel safe in Hackney. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote mixed communities in well-designed neighbourhoods, where people can access high quality, affordable housing. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a sustainable community, where all citizens take pride in and take care of Hackney and its environment, for future generations. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Borough profile <ul><li>Worklessness / Incapacity Benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>12p of every resident’s £ spent in Hackney (average 70p) </li></ul><ul><li>Aspirations and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Routes out of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Active Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>High levels of volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Active third sector </li></ul>
  16. 17. National Campaign – Focus <ul><li>Improving Educational Attainment </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Health and Well-Being </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Skills and Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Support </li></ul>
  17. 18. CYPPF Planning for action exercise
  18. 19. Useful Contacts <ul><li>Alex Bax - London Child Poverty Commissioner </li></ul><ul><li>Key Sub Groups and contacts in LBH </li></ul>