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Lincolnshire's approach to tackling Child Poverty

Introduction

According to recent data, 1 in 4 children in the UK live in poverty, which is a startling figure and one of the highest in the industrialised world.

Children that grow up in poverty are at greater risk than their peers of:

  • poor health
  • under achieving
  • exposure to crime

This can then lead to their not achieving the qualifications they need to secure well paid employment which then results in them not having the money to support their own families. A cycle of poverty is then created.

The Child Poverty Act, which received Royal assent on 25th March 2010, sets out a requirement for Local Authorities to undertake a need assessment and develop a strategy for tackling child poverty. In Lincolnshire, the first stage has been completed in partnership with other key organisations.

According to the most recent data available, child poverty in Lincolnshire is lower than national levels and is also lower than some of our benchmark local authorities. There are just over 142,950 children and young people aged between 0 and 19 living in Lincolnshire, of which 22,730 (15.9%) live in poverty; of the total of those aged under 16 (121,636), 16.5% live in poverty. These figures are below the national averages of 21.6% for under 16s and 20.9% for 0-19s. However, there is evidence that, in some parts of the County, the proportion of children living in poverty is much higher.

As providers and commissioners of services, local authorities and their partners have a vital role in delivering services that will contribute to the reduction in the number living in poverty and the improvement of life chances for all of our children.

Strategic Themes

In Lincolnshire we believe that the following four strategic themes, on which our strategy is based, will provide the foundation for tackling child poverty and improving life chances of children, young people and their families in our County:

  • Economic poverty
  • Poverty of access
  • Poverty of aspiration
  • Best use of resources

Our action plan will identify specific tasks linked to each of these strategic themes in order to improve outcomes.

This commentary is currently being updated and will be available shortly.
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