In today's challenging economic climate, an increasing number of families face hardship, and poverty can have a profound effect on those families, their children and the rest of society. When people experience poverty, they have a standard of living that is well below average and which most people would consider unacceptable in Britain today. This can affect health, achievement and quality of life.
Family poverty is a complex issue with many contributing influences which include:
- Welfare reform - for example, changes to Housing Benefit, Universal credit, affordable housing, under occupancy issues;
- youth unemployment - those not in education, employment or training, young families;
- labour market - implications from part-time employment, the living wage, cuts in public sector jobs;
- advice services - financial inclusion strategies, take-up of benefits, free school meals;
- resources - potential implications of Local Government Resource Review, effects on increasing costs of social care, hidden carers;
- the role of women within the family - disproportionate female unemployment figures, household income, incidents of domestic violence; and
- child poverty - achievements and actions from previous Child Poverty Task and Finish Group.
The Family Poverty Task and Finish Group was commissioned by ANEC members and comprised representatives from the North East's 12 councils in a cross party group to examine the issues and develop a response.
Read the full task and finish group report
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