The Child Poverty Act (2010) placed a requirement on local authorities and ‘delivery partners’ in England to carry out child poverty needs assessments and develop child poverty strategies. This gave impetus to local authorities and key agencies such as health to work together to tackle child poverty.
The Government scrapped this requirement in 2016. Despite this, some areas continue to have strategies in place. GMPA believes having a local child and family poverty strategy in place is highly important. Many of the most important decisions made affecting child poverty and children’s lives are made at a local level. Local action can be taken in a number of areas including:
- Parental employment
- Educational outcomes and experiences
- Housing support
- Local elements of the welfare system.
Download our latest briefing for further discussion about the need for local child and family poverty strategies.