Child Poverty Strategy Or Family Poverty Strategy

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Reference
2018070427000076
Category
Request Date
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Response Date
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Question

At any point between 2010 and 2014 did your local authority publish a Child Poverty Needs Assessment and develop and publish a Child Poverty Strategy or Family Poverty Strategy?  

Does your local authority currently have a Child Poverty Strategy and/or a Family Poverty Strategy in place? When was this strategy published? What time period does the strategy cover? Is the strategy publicly available? Please can you provide an electronic link to where the strategy is published?  

If your local authority doesn’t have a Child or Family Poverty Strategy in place, is such a strategy currently being developed and when will this strategy be published?

Answer

The Comhairle does not currently have a policy in place.  Child poverty is one of the main EYC priorities and there are a couple of specific projects ongoing at present with this focus. Please see below for work the Comhairle has completed over the last 2 years:

  • Abolished the nursery snack fee, introduced reduced nursery fees for those on a low income, promoted our funded 2 year old places

  • Schools working with Financial Inclusion Officers;

  • Annual mailshot to all parents/families providing clothing grant and FSM application forms, along with information about the Financial Inclusion Officers who will assist with completion of applications and provide advice about income maximisation;

  • Advice to schools re ‘poverty-proofing’ i.e reduction in fund-raising burdens on parents/families, uniform swap shops, financial support and/or longer payment periods for school trips etc.; provision of materials e.g. pens, pencils.
     

Please see useful links below to the Comhairle website:

NIF Report
https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/9591/M%20Item%2013A%20-%20Eilean%20Siar%20NIF%20Improvement%20Plan%20and%20Attainment%20Report%202017.pdf (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


NIF Appendix
https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/9591/M%20Item%2013B%20-%20Appendix%201%20%20Eilean%20Siar%20NIF%20Improvement%20Plan%20and%20Attainment%20Report%202017.doc.pdf (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


ESF Report
Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme for the Western Isles (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)