Renfrewshire Council

Child poverty initiatives boost incomes of struggling families by almost £2million in one year

Families First and Healthier, Wealthier Children have helped put almost £2million in the pockets of struggling families in Renfrewshire in one year.

Families First, which provides households with health and relationship support as well as money and benefits advice, boosted the incomes of 413 families by a total of £1,114,234, while Healthier, Wealthier Children put £885,526 in the pockets of new and expectant parents in Renfrewshire between April 2018 and March 2019.

Both initiatives receive funding from our Tackling Poverty Programme, which provides money to projects that are working to reduce child poverty and support struggling families.

The figures were revealed in Renfrewshire's Local Child Poverty Action Report. Developed in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, the report highlights the work the council and its partners have been doing to improve the lives of children in poverty in Renfrewshire.

Other highlights include:

  • Renfrewshire's employment rate being significantly higher than the national average thanks to Invest in Renfrewshire's work to boost the local economy and tackle unemployment
  • The number of Living Wage accredited employers in Renfrewshire rising to 57
  • The Energy Advocacy Service securing £116,253 in ongoing savings and £103,638 in write-offs for Renfrewshire's most vulnerable citizens
  • Education Scotland commending us for our 'excellent' progress in closing the poverty related attainment gap in schools

If you are struggling and need support and advice, there are a number of services in Renfrewshire that can help you, including Advice Renfrewshire. Visit http://advicerenfrewshire.org/ or call FREEPHONE 0808 164 2922.

Published: 14 June 2019

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