Colleagues across the Council, our local NHS Board of Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Health and Social Care Partnership, have worked together to create the attached local child poverty action plan. We are committed to the new statutory targets in the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 to seek to put an end to child poverty across Scotland.
The plan is our first and will be updated every year.
We know the plan only begins to cover all of the good work we do in East Dunbartonshire to give children living in low income households the best start in life. In future years we hope to bring more joint actions into the plan from other public, voluntary and community organisations.
The Scottish Government has asked us to focus on those families who have the lowest incomes and to look specifically at producing actions under three main drivers of poverty:
- Increasing income from social security
- Increasing income from employment
- Reducing essential costs of living.
We believe that if we work together to focus our efforts in these areas, we will make a real difference to increasing family incomes and reducing the known detrimental impacts that poverty can have on a child’s health, social wellbeing and educational achievement.