This report from Warwick Business School highlights several cases of innovative best practice and describes the many contributions being made by local authorities against child poverty. It also emphasizes that local authorities should regularly review the full range of their services and activities to ensure that they are maximising their contribution to child poverty.The authors warn that restrictive targets are impairing local flexibility, and that they should be replaced by frameworks. The findings also call for greater guarantees that schemes which are successful in hitting child poverty will be given longer term funding. It also advises that the lead councillor for Children and the Children’s Services Director ensure that child poverty issues are mainstreamed across the authority and in multi-agency partnership working.
‘Local Government and Child Poverty: Making a Shared Commitment a Shared Reality’ is available at: http://www.lga.gov.uk/Publication.asp?lSection=0&id=SXAEB1 A7838A39