Our ambition is for Rutland to be a place where children grow up free from deprivation and disadvantage, and birth and social background do not hold people back from achieving their potential.
We will work together to reduce levels of child poverty and to mitigate the effects of child poverty on children, young people and families, as well as on future generations.
Why tackling poverty matters
Many people believe there is very little child poverty in the UK and especially in Rutland today, but this is not the case - currently there are 19.9% of children living in relative poverty in England.
Poverty damages childhoods - some families cannot, for example, afford to keep their homes warm or pay for basic necessities and activities, such as three meals a day, school uniforms or social outings.
Children who grow up in poverty lack many of the experiences and opportunities that others take for granted, and can be exposed to severe hardship and social exclusion. Their childhood suffers as a result and this is unacceptable.
Local child poverty data
The local child poverty measure is defined as the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work (means-tested) benefits or in receipt of tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of median income.
Although Rutland shows a better picture that the national situation, data from the Department for Work and Pensions suggests that 8% of children under 18 are living in relative poverty in the County. This equates to 505 children and young people being affected in some way.
It is worth noting that nationally 66% of children living in poverty have at least one parent who is working. In-work Poverty in Rutland, is therefore as important a factor to consider as out of work poverty.
Along with our partners, we have developed a strategy to tackle child poverty as a response to the Child Poverty Act 2010.
In a climate of restricted resources a challenge of this magnitude requires a multi-agency response, targeting resources where they are needed most and aligned as far as possible with related programmes. For this reason, ourselves and our partners have committed to many pledges which contribute to supporting families out of poverty. The pledges are monitored by The Children’s’ Trust and updated on a 6-monthly basis.