Commission seeks examples of successful initiatives to tackle child poverty
18 June 2006
The London Child Poverty Commission today launches a call for evidence to identify effective initiatives to tackle child poverty at local and regional level in the capital.
The Commission is seeking examples of good practice of projects and initiatives to address some of the key factors contributing to London's high levels of child poverty.
These include; problems accessing employment opportunities, limited access to affordable, good quality childcare and also, for those in employment, difficulties in making work pay due to the capital's high living costs.
The Commission's call for evidence follows the recently made commitment by John Hutton, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to put tackling child poverty at the top of his department's agenda.
The Commission is looking for initiatives that demonstrate innovation and creativity in their approach to tackling the causes of child poverty, including good examples of voluntary and community sector activity and effective partnership working between the public and private sectors.
It is particularly interested in projects that are working to improve access to employment and training opportunities, those addressing housing-related issues, projects working to improve life chances for children affected by poverty and also initiatives looking at mental health needs.
Chair of the Commission, Carey Oppenheim, said:
"The Commission is aware that a lot of good and innovative work is being carried out in London to tackle child poverty at local and regional level. These include projects to improve access to affordable, good quality childcare, to improve people's skills and also to improve access to good financial advice.
"Through this call for evidence we are hoping to uncover many more good examples. Identifying successful initiatives to address child poverty is a vital part of the Commission's work and will help it in its wider aims of developing effective solutions to reduce child poverty across the capital."
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