Employers

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Around 66% of children living in poverty live in a household where at least one parent works.

Poverty does not just affect the unemployed.  In fact, 2 in every 3 children growing up in poverty in the UK today live in a working household.  Poverty in work is a real problem, especially in the North East.  

Low paid jobs, which are often part-time and/or temporary are a major cause of poverty.  Despite work being the best route out of poverty, often just getting a job is not enough to lift families above the poverty line. Employers have a vital role to play in helping to tackle poverty in the North East. The Commission recommends three clear steps that employers can take to play their part in ending child poverty:

  1. Become a Living Wage employer
  2. Adopt family-friendly employment practices
  3. Provide good jobs with real opportunities for progression

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The Commission has been funded by the Millfield House Foundation to promote these messages to employers, and help employers to put them in place.

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published research looking at ‘in-work poverty, ethnicity and workplace cultures’ (Helen Barnard has also written a blog accompanying the report). In contrast to a lot of the stuff you can read about ‘cultures’ in relation to the prevalence and persistence of...

Employers

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Schools

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Local Authorities

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Everyone

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

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