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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.
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At the previous meeting on 25 Jun 2014 a number of voluntary organisations joined us to update on relevant poverty issues, such as on the Crisis Fund, the Funeral Officers Campaign, the Money Advice Fair amongst other issues. The Social Council presented on the success of the Trust for London funding for Poverty Watch, which means the project will take on a designated worker for two years delivering the work.
A major new report has linked welfare benefit changes to child poverty and says figures are set to soar to nearly 5 million by 2020.
The report from Save the Children says welfare reforms which include the overall capping of benefits and the bedroom tax combined with cuts to tax credits and council tax relief mean that “the social safety net no longer acts as a sufficient backstop for poor families”.
Data on hundreds of different social, economic and environmental issues has been mapped to highlight similarities and differences across London.
The maps, displayed on the new Londonmapper website, have been produced by Danny Dorling and Benjamin Henning based at Oxford University.
They provide a comprehensive insight into the state of poverty and inequality in the capital. Map topics include:
The government has set out a new three year plan to tackle child poverty.
Plans to reduce energy bills by £50 for families on lower incomes, cutting the cost of food bills through vouchers and extending free school meals are all believed to be part of the measures which the government hope "stop poor children growing into poor adults".
A controversial plan to redefine poverty to include a range of addtional factors alongside income has been dropped. Curently household poverty is defined as an income below 60% of the median (middle) wage.
Following a study carried out by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust on food poverty in Kensington and Chelsea, the Public Health nutrition team would like to gather feedback on proposed interventions to reduce food poverty. Please contribute by clicking on the link below and completing the survey. Results will be collated at the end of January and results will be fed back at the next Poverty Watch meeting.
A new report, ‘Change for Children – a study of local families in Kensington and Chelsea’ has highlighted the difficult choices facing some parents as benefit cuts begin to bite.
Change for Children was an 18 month study into the lives of families in some of the less well off parts of Kensington and Chelsea. It found evidence that many parents