Local Authorities

Local Authorities

Local Authorities are at the frontline of tackling child poverty, through their responsibilities for child welfare and education, through their roles as major employers and purchasers of goods and services in local areas, and through their leadership of the community.

This section highlights some ways that local authorities – and their partners – can work together to reduce child poverty.  Local Authorites have a legal duty to address child poverty (see Local Duties for more information).  They can go beyond this by addressing their employment practices (see the section for Employers), and by considering the services that they procure and sub-contract.  We also encourage and support local authorities to consider how they design and deliver services to people living in poverty, how they provide opportunities for people to get involved in decision making processes and how they can ensure that policies across a range of areas contribute to reducing poverty.

If you would like more information on the work we do with local authorities and other public sector organisations, please feel free to get in contact with us.

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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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