Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level

31st August, 2017, at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh: This event, organised by What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, provided an opportunity to systematically explore the evidence and issues surrounding actions to tackle child poverty locally in Scotland.

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  1. Document: Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level, an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.
     http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WWSActionsToPreventAndMitigateChildPovertyAtLocalLevel.pdf 
  2. Delegates were welcomed to the event by Dr Sarah Morton, Co-director of What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.
  3. Presentation 1: Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level
    Dr Morag Treanor.
  4. The first presentation was from the author of the Tackling Child Poverty evidence review, Dr Morag Treanor, who talked us through the key themes in the report. Morag has recently taken up the post of Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Stirling having been Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh.
  5. In the evidence review and her presentation, Morag discusses the poverty premium - where low-income households pay more for the same goods and services than others do because of the payment methods available to them.

    Following the event, a delegate from Dundee City Council got in touch:

    "One thing that came up was the high cost of credit, and a couple of years ago we had some S5 pupils investigate this and then Dundee & Angus College students dramatized it in a way that I think gets the message across really effectively. While it was aimed primarily at young people, it resonated with every adult audience we showed it to as well."

    Final Notice: A film about the dangers of high interest credit -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFYzDpk6geE 

  6. Following Morag Treanor’s presentation, we heard from representatives of two community planning partnerships (CPPs) who talked about the work of their CPPs to tackle child poverty and how they have used the evidence review to inform and develop this:

  7. Presentation 2: Mitigating Child Poverty in South Ayrshire
    Valerie Stewart, Community Planning Co-ordinator at South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership,
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