Child Poverty

While a lack of money in the family remains a central part of the problem, child poverty is the outcome of economic, environmental and social factors that can damage a child’s development and limit or prevent children and young people from having many of the experiences and opportunities that others take for granted. Many children living in poverty have an unequal start in life and will become part of a perpetual cycle where they are less likely to achieve their academic potential or secure a job as an adult. They are also more likely to experience a range of health inequalities throughout their lives.

Helping families with children overcome poverty will make a huge difference not only to their lives but to the lives of their families, communities and to society as a whole. Ending child poverty means tackling a wide range of complex issues to improve children's chances in life and empowering families to move themselves out of poverty for good.

Child Poverty in Plymouth

In Plymouth, one in five of our children are living in poverty. They are likely to remain in poverty and so will their children unless we address the fundamental causes that make thousands of our children have the worst start in life

Fighting child poverty is a key priority for Plymouth as set out in the Plymouth Plan. Ending child poverty means tackling a wide range of complex issues to improve children's chances in life and empowering families to move themselves out of poverty for good.

Child Poverty Action Plan 2019-22

The new revised Child Poverty Action Plan 2019-22 seeks to put in place a plan of actions to help address some of the key issues in Plymouth. It does this with both private sector and voluntary sector support.   

The Action plan sets out a number of activites under 4 key themes: Education and Transitions; Health; Income and Employment and Partnerships.

 Child Poverty Action Plan 2019-22 [PDF, 204KB]

If you’d like to get involved in or know more about what we’re doing please contact the Chief Executives Office, Policy and Intelligence Team. PPP@plymouth.gov.uk