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This will be my last blog as Child Poverty Co-ordinator, and it comes as Government announces its plan to change the definition of child poverty - shockingly without even the pretense of consultation before bringing forward legislation.

The Government is confused. Probably becuase trying...

Free school meals in Newton Aycliffe

Here is a rough transcript of a conversation with Sara Bryson of Children North East, who leads on Poverty Proofing the School Day:

In most schools, catering contractors are paid £1.90 per day to provide free school meals for qualifying children. If a child on free...

graph showing poverty gap (minimum wage case)

Authors: Jonathan Bradshaw1 and Lindsay Judge2, UNIVERSITY OF YORK, Social Policy Research Unit

Objectives

This note attempts to illustrate the impact that uprating benefits in line with prices since 2010 would have had on the poverty gap of a low wage family in 2014/15.

Method...

As preparations for the next round of European programmes enter their final phase (a to-and-fro of complex negotiations over points of detail lasting an unknown number of months), my thoughts turn to how this next funding bonanza might make the biggest impact on poverty in the North East.

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I spent the weekend of 4th October 14 with some brilliant people taking part in a Datadive.  This is an initiative by Datakind UK, a charity that matches data scientists with good causes, to tackle projects to help those good causes make better use of their data.  This turns out to be even more...

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Employers

Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.

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Schools

Poverty leads to poor attainment.  Poor attainment leads to poverty.

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Local Authorities

Councils have a duty to address child poverty through their services, jobs and contracts.

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Everyone

Everyone can help to tackle child poverty. Every contribution matters.

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