New strategy launched to tackle child poverty and improve life chances in the Liverpool City Region

Published on: Monday, 01-February-2016

The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission has been re-launched (on Friday, 29 January) alongside a new strategy setting out how it will address this issue over the next three years.

The Commission, chaired by Frank Field MP, with representatives from the local authorities across the Liverpool City Region, police, health, private and public sectors, education and transport, advise City Region Leaders and the Mayor on approaches to tackling child poverty.

Addressing key priorities will enable the Commission to address not only the symptoms, but the drivers of poverty in the Liverpool City Region. The Commission’s strategy outlines a number of key priorities it will address over the next three years.  This includes how local funding can be best used to ensure disadvantaged children are ‘school ready’, addressing child hunger, supporting school leavers into training and employment, supporting parents into work to earn a sufficient income, address health inequalities amongst children and ensure children and their families have access to affordable local transport.

Since the Commission was established in 2011, it has been instrumental in campaigning for a substantial and sustainable Living Wage, a fairer deal on energy bills for households reliant on a prepayment meter, implementing a minimum unit price on cheap alcohol, making local transport more affordable, maximizing immunization rates for all children and combating smoking during pregnancy.

Chair of the Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission, Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, said “We are committed to addressing child poverty and ensuring our children receive the very best start in life.  We know that we can only tackle this issue if we work together across the Liverpool City Region, sharing our resources, knowledge and best practice.  We have reviewed the Commission to ensure it is equipped to achieve these priorities over the next three years.  Each member of the Commission has a lead responsibility for a key objective and will be responsible for its progress and delivery.  Through our work, we want to ensure that children have the very best start in life which will ultimately improve their life chances as they develop into adulthood.”

The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Strategy (2015-18) can be found on Knowsley Council’s website.