Investment in initiatives which reduce child poverty

Investment in initiatives which reduce child poverty & poverty proofing any decisions made around changes to services to assess the likely impact that this will have on poverty and on inequalities and avoid those which are likely to lead to increased  poverty.Particular attention should be paid to those groups which have been identified as being either in persistent poverty or known to be at risk of poverty

∗ The unemployed, particularly the long-term unemployed;

∗ Lone Parent Families

∗ Large families;

∗ People with disabilities;

∗ Members of the Traveller community;

∗ The homeless;

Support for voluntary sector who are able to support community involvement in decision-making and service delivery are pivotal in prevention and overcoming the effects of persistent poverty.

For example by consulting and enabling lone parents to participate in changes which impact on their lives,  by  giving parents a voice and building capacity through group support local services can be made more accessible and effective.

 

Why the contribution is important

In Glasgow, four in 10 families with children are lone parent families, which is equivalent to 26,454 households. Lone parent families are more likely to experience child poverty than are couple families, regardless of whether they are in or out of work.

For example, 22% of all children in lone parent families live in poverty before housing costs, almost doubling to 43% after housing costs.

Lone parent families represent a significant number and proportion of families,with projected estimates that the rates will increase over the next 25 years in Glasgow. Children and adults within lone parent families are more vulnerable to poverty (out-of-work and in-work poverty) and face a number of consequential practical and emotional challenges and limitations to the opportunities they are able to take up. Within this context, there is a need to consider responses that recognise the needs and the capabilities of this group, across a range of important areas that include childcare, employment support (including in-work poverty), transport, future welfare reform and local partnership responses,

Given the severe implications for children growing up in persistent poverty, there is a need to  continue to invest in services which help  alleviate or mitigate this negative experience.

by mariondavis on February 09, 2016 at 02:54AM

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  • Posted by lee February 09, 2016 at 10:50

    Bringing up children is undeniably one of life’s most worthwhile experiences; it’s also one of
    the most demanding, particularly for one parent families.
    Some people who are not in employment face greater barriers than others when it comes to
    getting into and moving forward in the world of work. The reasons for this are often quite
    complex but there are a number of barriers that lone parents face in particular, including:
    low confidence and self-esteem, lack of recent or no work experience, few or no qualifications, debt & issues around children & childcare.
    Welfare Reform is having a significant impact on the direction that lone parents, in receipt of benefits are required to take. Given the barriers that are faced by this group it is vital that dedicated services are continued to be resourced. We must acknowledge, encourage and enable lone parents, living within our communities, to make the most of the opportunities available to them so they can flourish as happy, healthy and achieving families through the support of specialist services.
  • Posted by mariespa February 11, 2016 at 10:16

    Single parent families and those have been disproportionately affected by welfare reform and many families are struggling to provide the basics for their themselves and their children. It is vital that GCC take this into account when making any decisions on budget cuts so that the services that support families in Glasgow are able to continue supporting the governments targets to reduce child poverty
  • Posted by mariespa February 11, 2016 at 10:25

    Single parent families have been disproportionately affected by welfare reform, as a result many families are struggling to provide the basics for themselves and their children. It is vital that GCC take this into account when making any decisions on budget cuts so that the much needed services which support families in Glasgow are able to continue their work and contribute to the governments targets to reduce child poverty
  • Posted by FeeW February 11, 2016 at 11:59

    I think this is a long term initiative that the Council may have to invest in. I think the biggest problem is lack of financial awareness and a lack of understanding of need v want amongst those who are seriously in need.

    Financial awareness should be getting taught in schools as children have no experience of handling money and budgeting when they enter the big bad world. Providing a peripatetic advisor for parents who may struggle with finances, helping find the best energy deal and help to put it into place for them, helping with cooking easy, cheap nutritious meals. How many on the poverty line smoke/drink? If someone smokes a packet a day - That's £50 pw out of the budget already for something that is a 'want' as opposed to a 'need'.

    FWIW I was seriously in debt. I got myself onto a debt management plan and paid off the entire amount (took me 5 years). I found a useful internet debt forum and the advice given was the same as to everyone else. Smokers were told to give up smoking. Give up takeaways and ready meals to cooking from scratch. By doing so, people got healthier as well as reducing the debt.

    It is a long term strategy for the council, one which could require a lot of investment but in the long run - reducing the burden on the NHS/welfare/social services.
  • Posted by Dawn1985 February 11, 2016 at 13:24

    Gcc shouldn't cut one parent family Scotland because they give a lot of support to people that are lone parents and if they cut the budget people will struggle with the likes of getting back into work,child care going on courses to get the work experience
  • Posted by Jackiexmx February 15, 2016 at 14:33

    Bringing up children is one of the hardest jobs for single parents on its own add in working and trying to find childcare and support for the parent is almost impossible if the services that are there to help these parents are withdrawn it will put more pressure on them and they will feel the hard work they have done in getting to where they are will knock them right back , it is the hardest thing for some single parents to do is get that initial help why make life even harder for them
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