Colleagues across the Council; our NHS Board of Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and, the Health and Social Care Partnership, have worked together on the attached local child poverty report and 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 second and is updated every year.
The plan begins to make progress in covering 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 reduction:
- 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.