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Our experience as a voluntary sector of working with people day to day tells us that many households in this wealthy borough struggle with high levels of debt. They simply do not earn enough or receive enough benefits to pay for school uniforms for their children, provide adequate diets for their families or sometimes pay their fares to go to work.
Poverty Watch is a local observatory which brings together the voluntary and community and statutory sector to share evidence on poverty and its impact. The evidence we collect will be used to help influence local decision making. To understand how Poverty Watch works and what we aim to achieve, download the Poverty Watch Framework.
Do you have evidence you want to share? Case studies or the results of a survey amongst your users? We want to collect the evidence which can be anonymous if you wish.
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The Poverty Watch meeting in December focussed on the impact of poverty and welfare changes on mental health. We heard from Jill Watson from SMART about mental health in the borough and impact poverty can have on mental health. Read Jill's presentation.
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The Social Council Change for Children project has launched a petition calling for the reinstatement of school uniform grants.
The grants would provide vital financial assistance to struggling parents across Kensington and Chelsea, 70 of whom have had to take out loans to pay costs of up to £225 per child.
In the borough's new flagship Holland Park School parents have been given no choice but to buy a new bespoke uniform which is available through only one supplier.
Rental costs in Central London have soared to "astronomical" highs, according to new research by letting agents Ludlowthompson, leading to criticism that the city is becoming a "millionaires playground".
This week we launch our new Poverty Watch News. A roundup of news stories from the press about poverty related issues.
Poverty Watch is a local observatory that aims to collect and share evidence of poverty and it's impact in Kensington and Chelsea.
If you have stories about how cuts to services, welfare benefits changes or the rising cost of living are affecting you or the people you know why not tell us about it.
The latest child homelessness stats have been released by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and for the fourth consecutive quarter, they have proven to be quite shocking.
In the UK right now, 83,516 children don't have a proper home. Housing and homelessness charity Shelter, observes that this is more children than could fill the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.
More than 25 members of local voluntary and community organisations attended the latest Poverty Watch meeting, held at Cafe Nova on Thursday 14th March. Heading the agenda was discussion about changes to the Welfare System. Those in attendance also discussed ways in which they can support their service users through these changes.
Almost 31% of the UK population no longer puts away monthly savings, a shock report by Scottish Widows has revealed. Increased living costs, supporting struggling loved ones and the tough economy are all contributing factors to the savings struggle, which has effected approximately 15 million people.