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    Clacks conference aims to tackle child poverty

    Written by on October 7, 2019

    It’s hoped a Clackmannanshire conference today will help tackle the problem of child poverty.

    It’s the beginning of a week-long series of events, being hosted by the Clackmannanshire Alliance.

    It’s thought 240,000 children across Scotland are currently living in poverty.

    Council Leader Ellen Forson, Chair of Clackmannanshire Alliance said: “We all want our children and families to fulfil their potential, but we know that far too many people in Clackmannanshire are caught in the grip of poverty.  Growing up on a low income can mean going to school hungry or missing out on activities that other children enjoy, and we won’t stand by and let that happen in our community.

    “By working together, we can make sure our families are not held back by poverty.  The saying ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’ is key, it reminds us that boosting inclusive growth in our area can help our residents benefit from new opportunities and is one of the ways they can boost their income.  That’s why it’s a key part of our plans for the transformational City Region Deal. I’m looking forward to hearing more from all our partners at the summit, and hope that local people come along to the events going on throughout the week.”

    Meanwhile, think tank’s urging the Scottish Government to step up efforts to tackle child poverty.

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says the new Scottish Child Payment alone won’t be enough to deal with the issue.

    Jim McCormick, associate director (Scotland) at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

    “As a country we have rightly made a bold commitment to loosen the grip of poverty on children across Scotland. Over the last two decades, cheaper rents and a larger social rented sector in Scotland have been key to unlocking opportunities for families to achieve a decent life. But this success is showing signs of unravelling and cannot be taken for granted.

    “The recent announcement of the Scottish Child Payment shows what can be achieved when we are bolder in our thinking and accept that only large-scale action will ease the pressure facing families trapped in poverty. While this new payment will start to turn the tide, it will not by itself be enough to enable every child to break free from poverty.

    “As we mark Challenge Poverty Week, it is vital that ministers in Holyrood match their ambitious targets to solve poverty with the scale of action on housing, work and social security needed to make this a reality.”