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The North East Child Poverty Commission are hiring for a Child Poverty Coordinator. This is a part time (60%), fixed term role until 31 May 2022, at £30,395 - £39,610 per annum, pro rata.

Child Poverty in the North East of the UK is increasing and is predicted to get worse. This offends...

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


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.


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.




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

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

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

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

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