Child Poverty – Hackney’s approach Pam Baldwin – CE’s Directorate Strategic Policy and Research, London Borough of Hackney
Child Poverty – Hackney’s approach • Why is child poverty important in Hackney? • Capabilities approach • Mainstreamed in our Sustainable Community Strategy
Statistics -Income Deprivation – IDACI Score for Inner London Boroughs, 2007 & 2008
Defining child poverty - capabilities approach • Broad approach • Government measure NI116 • Supporting household incomes – essential strand • Also need to tackle inequality of opportunity and break inter-generational cycles of poverty • Capabilities approach – enables and builds resilience.
Defining child poverty – capabilities approach cont. • Supporting household incomes • Supporting skills • Better and healthier homes • Raising educational attainment and aspirations • Improved health and well-being • Ensuring a safe and positive environment for children to grow up in • Access to a decent environment and amenities
Defining child poverty - SCS Child poverty is mainstreamed in our Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) “ As a partnership our priorities are tackling poverty and inequality through raising the aspirations of our residents, especially Hackney’s children and young people, to interrupt the cycle of deprivation, and supporting people to improve their life chances and to achieve their ambitions”.
Promote health and wellbeing for all Some primary initiatives to address child poverty • Refresh the Healthy Weight Strategy in order to tackle and reduce obesity • Healthy Schools Initiative • Reclaiming Social Work • Bring all of Hackney’s rented homes up to the Government Decent Homes standard by 2012 • Parks & Open Spaces • Increase usage and quality of leisure centres.
Make the borough safer, and help people to feel safe in Hackney Some primary initiatives to address child poverty • Increase provision of universal youth services • The Hackney Youth Crime Reduction Strategy - the framework for taking forward work with our partners to reduce youth crime in Hackney • Tackle violent crime and street crime and work with the police and local community to tackle gang culture.
Promote mixed communities in well-designed neighbourhoods, where people can access high quality affordable housing Some primary initiatives to address child poverty Estate Renewal: A programme that addresses the highest levels of need for physical regeneration in 26 of our estates Provide a sustainable community of mixed tenure homes, together with the necessary education, health and community facilities in a highly landscaped environment at Woodberry Down Estate. Bring all of Hackney's rented homes up to the Government Decent Homes standard by 2012
A sustainable community, where all citizens take pride in, and take care of Hackney and its environment, for future generations
How are we taking this forward? • Child poverty task group of the LSP • Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Commission Review • Cross-cutting policy review of child poverty and family wellbeing
Questions for table discussion • What are the barriers to tackling child poverty? • At national level • At local level • How are you finding ways round/addressing these barriers in your approaches?