Wiltshire

Wiltshire council launches child poverty strategy

A draft strategy to tackle child poverty in Wiltshire has been published as part of a national strategy to deal with the problem.

Up to 11% of children, aged 19 or under, are living in poverty in the county, according to statistics from the government's Child Poverty Unit.

This compares to 15.8% in the south west and 12.9% in other similar areas.

Children are said to be living in relative poverty if household income is less than 60% of the national average.

Wiltshire Council has recently joined the national drive to put a stop to child poverty by 2020.

'Full potential'

Lionel Grundy, council cabinet member for children's services, said: "Nationally, the government is committed to eradicating child poverty by 2020 and we are setting out how we will help this aim locally.

"We firmly believe every child matters and that every child should be helped to reach their full potential."

The Reducing Child Poverty Strategy sets out how the council and its partners aim to reduce child poverty locally over the next three years.

The strategy details plans to tackle the inequality in education achievements and promote help available to families with children aged under-five, including helping unemployed parents get back into work.

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