The first ever child and family poverty strategy for
Nottinghamshire was approved by Notts County Council at its full
Council meeting on 22 September 2011.
The new strategy called Building Aspiration: Working together to
tackle child and family poverty in Nottinghamshire has been
developed jointly with partners and is a new statutory duty on
local authorities to help achieve the government goal to eradicate
child poverty by 2020.
Each of the partner agencies involved with the strategy has set
out a number of pledges to help reduce child poverty within its
locality or field of expertise.
These pledges will ensure that the reduction of child and family
poverty remains a key priority for each partner.
Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Councillor Graham Oxby,
said “Effectively tackling Child Poverty needs a broad approach.
All Council services need to consider their impact on poverty and
all agencies need to agree ‘what will work’ - funding is only part
“For instance, the Council will work existing networks in
Bassetlaw to provide advice, information and training on personal
and household money management. This will focus on focusing on
saving, responsible borrowing by avoiding loan sharks and financial
A1 Housing’s Financial Inclusion Strategy for its tenants is one
example. Another is the multi-agency partnership formed by the
Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which includes the County and District
Council, 2 Shires Credit Union, Nottinghamshire County Welfare,
Retford’s The Well Project and Sure Start.
“In addition to the money management and savings support, the
Council will maintain its active programme of economic development
to encourage new employment opportunities and retain existing jobs
within the district.
On the housing front it is already encouraging people to access
housing and council tax benefits and guarantees to pay these within
“We’ve also pledged to prevent homelessness by providing a range
of housing advice and support and to increase the amount of
affordable housing in the District.
“Residents in rural areas haven’t been forgotten and the Council
will maintain a network of access points to help people connect
with the Council and other service providers for information and
Last Updated - 01/12/2011