Sefton Council has published its Child Poverty Strategy, which sets out how partners in the borough can work together over the next 10 years to reduce child poverty and improve health.

The strategy has been developed following consultation with a range of organisations and experts and sets out six priority areas for change. This includes increasing access to employment, focusing on the needs of parents, improve living conditions and much more.

The Child Poverty Strategy has also embedded the principles of All Together Fairer, the subregion’s Programme to reduce health inequalities, into this work, as well as various publications and principles from Sir Michael Marmot, the leading academic on inequalities and health.

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton, said:

“I am delighted to say that this vital strategy has been developed with a wide range of partners and sets out a whole-system approach to reducing poverty and improving the health of our children. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved so far, whose energy, passion and commitment will ensure that we can meet the ambitious goals set out in the document.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing for Sefton Council, said:

“Tackling childhood poverty is key to us achieving all our priorities and should be squarely at the centre of everything we do, and this is the next step in the work we have been doing since 2015 on welfare reform and anti-poverty.”

To find out more and read the strategy, click here.