Renfrewshire Council

Priority 5: Reducing the level and impact of poverty in Renfrewshire

Our aspiration

We want those that are living in poverty in Renfrewshire to have the power to break out of poverty now and access all the opportunities and options open to others.  The problem may be deep-rooted but we are determined to do something about it.  We are fully invested in delivering a broad-ranging strategy to tackle poverty; tackle it fully and tackle it forever.


We are committed to addressing poverty in Renfrewshire and we set up the first Tackling Poverty Commission in Scotland to look specifically at child poverty at a local level.  The Commission assessed the nature, causes and impact of child poverty in Renfrewshire and made recommendations for a strategic and coordinated approach to tackling poverty in Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire's Tackling Poverty Strategy has been developed to respond to these recommendations and the Council is investing £6m to support delivery of the strategy.  The Council recognised that it needed to work differently if it was going to meet the scale of the challenge set by the Tackling Poverty Commission and it has created a cross cutting programme management structure to oversee the delivery of the 50 projects that sit within the programme.  These projects involve all of the Council's Services and a number of partner organisations and a Tackling Poverty Strategy steering group has been set up which is chaired by the Council's Chief Executive.

The Strategy groups these projects into the same six themes as the Tackling Poverty Commission's recommendations: Income and employment, Managing money, Health, Attainment, Neighbourhoods, and How organisations should work.

Our approach has been to expand things that are already working well such as Families First and Street Stuff and introduce new initiatives which we think will make a big difference.

Importantly we want to ensure that those from low income households are involved in how these projects are designed and delivered, which was a key recommendation of the Commission.

What we will do

  • Increase the number of households who can access employment that provides an acceptable standard of living (Income and Employment)
  • Prevent financial crisis and support low income families to make the most of their money (Managing money)
  • Improve levels of physical and mental health of children in low income families (Health)
  • Close the educational attainment gap between children from low-income families and their better off peers (Attainment)
  • Create neighbourhoods where people want to live and can afford to live (Neighbourhoods)
  • Narrow inequalities by working in an inclusive, effective and evidence based manner (How organisations should work)
  • Develop approaches to help mitigate the worst impacts on low income households of the next phase of Welfare Reforms.

How will we know we have been successful?

Our success measures will be:

  • Percentage of working people earning less than the Living Wage
  • Underemployment rate of parents
  • Levels of foodbank use
  • Average percentage of income spent on housing