Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tackling child poverty a priority

TACKLING child poverty in Thurrock was made a major priority in the borough at last nights (Wednesday) meeting of the ruling Labour cabinet.

A special report highlighted the dire circumstances some of the residents live in:

Among the alarming stats were:

Fifth of children in Thurrock live in poverty
Total number of children living in poverty may be as high as 8220
6/20 wards account for half children living in poverty
55% of children in Tilbury Riverside live in poverty.
Only 50% of workforce qualified to at least NVQ Level 2
Unemp rate risen from Dec 2007 of 3.4% to Jan 2010 7.5%

The cabinet recommended the Thurrock Child Poverty Strategy which had as its main aims to:

To increase parental employment and skills by providing access to adult training and skills development and progression to adult learning

· To increase benefit take up by providing high quality advice and guidance, targeted to areas where there is a high prevalence of poverty and workless households.

· To improve attainment and reduce attainment gaps between those children living in poverty and those who do not, by targeting school improvement to those areas and supporting parents to be able to support their children through, for example, adult learning opportunities.

· To reduce the health inequalities faced by some families by developing a targeted, integrated approach to local delivery of services.

· To prevent homelessness from occurring by addressing the underlying causes of homelessness through effective partnerships, collaboration and the co-ordination of services.


  1. It is “good” to get a report like this which will hopefully shake the political systems locally and nationally into action.
    Nearly 2 decades of excess has not done any favours for parts of our Borough. The great movement to remove Poet’s Corner should be recalled to show what can be done but that was in the past and sadly parts of Tilbury again are in the poverty spot light. All Political parties take note, poverty leads to other problems and if not dealt with now, even though we are in a deep economic mess will cost much more in the future. Manifesto core – Thurrock People First.

  2. • Definition: The proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work benefits
    or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of median
    The indicator includes children under the age of 20. A dependent child is defined as an
    individual aged under 16. A person will also be defined as a child if they are 16 to 19-
    years old and they are:
    • not married nor in a Civil Partnership nor living with a partner; and
    • living with parents; and
    • in full-time non-advanced education or in unwaged government training
    This is the same definition as used within tax credits, Child Benefit and Income Support
    and Jobseekers Allowance.

  3. Such a major issue – background

    “The Government’s first Child Poverty National Strategy, A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families’ Lives, was published on 5 April 2011. The strategy emphasises policies and programmes:

    •To support families into work and achieve financial independence
    •To improve the life chances of families and children
    •To support wider government agendas such as Localism and the Big Society.
    This short online guide has been developed alongside the National Child Poverty Strategy to highlight the innovative work that has taken place in local areas through the Child Poverty Pilots.

    The pilot programme was very broad, with around half of local authorities in England involved. The pilots ended in March 2011, and this guide is one of the ways through which the Child Poverty Unit is making available to practitioners and policy makers the wealth of emerging good practice and positive evidence.

    The guide signposts wider sources of information and online tools and the intention is to work with local partners to develop this resource over time. We have focused on the broad approaches taken by pilot areas rather than provide a pilot by pilot account. This is covered in more detail in the interim Child Poverty pilot Synthesis evaluation report, published on the DWP website on 28 March 2011, as well as the individual pilot evaluation reports published on the DFE and DWP websites.

    The guide has been set up under four themes to highlight some of the innovative approaches. A theme can be selected by clicking in the drop down menu on the left hand side of this page.

    In addition you can access a brief overview of the pilots in the the Child Poverty Interim Synthesis Evaluation.

    If you have any feedback or information please get in touch by emailing the Child Poverty Unit.

    Contact details
    Child Poverty Unit
    Email: contacts.cpu@childpovertyunit.gsi.gov.uk


  4. If the definition is those living off benefits then I don’t see that as poverty, most of those that I know that are on benefits, and have been for some time, seem to have more expendable income than I do and I work full time??????

  5. I have been told that some children go without because their parents on benefits spend most of it on drugs to get by.
    Perhaps this is the vicious circle that needs to be brocken somehow.


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