Response - Ending Child Poverty: Making It Happen

By: Francesca Albanese  Published: March 2009


Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Child Poverty Unit’s consultation on ending child poverty. We support the Government’s vision for eradicating child poverty and agree with the four aspirations that underpin their long term plan.

Summary

In particular, we are very pleased to see that an explicit link has been made between child poverty, and housing and neighbourhoods. Extensive studies have shown the profound impact that bad housing has on children’s life chances. More specifically, the ‘housing effect’ is proven to significantly undermine each of the five Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes.

If child poverty is to be eradicated by 2020 then housing must play an integral role in the Government’s strategy at the practitioner, local and central government level and the Devolved Administrations. Effective cross-departmental policies need to be developed which must ensure that wider Government objectives do not conflict with the overall strategy to eradicate child poverty.

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