Child Poverty Needs Assessment




Tackling child poverty is a national priority. A child is said to be living in poverty if their household income is less than 60% of average income. There are more than 6,000 children living in poverty in South Gloucestershire, a number which has remained stable in recent years. The purpose of the Child Poverty Needs Assessment is to identify need in South Gloucestershire with the aim of identifying actions that are within the remit of the local authority.

This will particularly draw on the key drivers or causes of child poverty as identified in the national Child Poverty Strategy 2014 – 2017. The national Child Poverty Strategy has three key themes:

  • Preventing poor children becoming poor adults
  • Tackling worklessness, low pay and barriers to work
  • Improving families’ living standards

Child Poverty in South Gloucestershire

The rates of child poverty vary considerably between wards and between small areas, however, there are children living in poverty throughout South Gloucestershire and over two-thirds of these live outside the priority neighbourhoods. This suggests that any work to reduce levels of child poverty by tackling its causes should make sure its approach targets child poverty across South Gloucestershire as a whole.

Preventing poor children becoming poor adults

Poor children are four times as likely to become poor adults as other children and educational attainment is the most influential factor that increases the risk of a poor child becoming a poor adult. Improving the educational attainment of all pupils but particularly those from low incomes families should be a priority for South Gloucestershire.

Young people not in work, education or training are at greater risk of becoming poor adults. Improving the proportion of young people engaging with education or training will improve their earning potential and life prospects.

Tackling worklessness, low pay and barriers to work

Children in families not in work are three times as likely to be in relative poverty compared to families where at least one parent works and nationally, around two-thirds of poor children are in families with at least one adult who is working. This suggests that a combination of low hours and low pay plays a key part in determining poverty.

Low parental qualifications are relevant to child poverty because of their impact on employment opportunities and wage potential.

Poor parental health can limit the ability of parents to work and therefore be a contributory factor to low income and child poverty

Improving families' living standards

Continued priority should be given to supporting families’ living standards by helping low-income families maximise their income and supporting families who are in poor housing, homeless or experiencing fuel or food poverty.

Next Steps

Many of the issues identified in this needs assessment are covered by existing workstreams and strategies within South Gloucestershire. However, tackling the drivers of child poverty is complex and requires coordinated action across South Gloucestershire Council and its partners.

Please read the full, draft Child Poverty Needs Assessment for further detail on the issues outlined above including existing South Gloucestershire strategies that are related to tackling child poverty.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the Child Poverty Needs Assessment between 2 December 2015 and 13 January 2016.

Please take time to read the Consultation Summary or the full, draft needs assessment that provide more detail on the background.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council and its partners should consider.

Information is also available from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Email:
  • Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Child Poverty Needs Assessment Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868195

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about this consultation, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

This consultation has now closed and our consultation report is now available.


  • Opened
    2 Dec 2015 at 00:00
  • Closed
    13 Jan 2016 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    04 Aug 2016

Summary of Results

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Children and young people
  • Education and early years
  • Equalities issues
  • Health services and facilities
  • Housing issues
  • Jobs, careers and employment
  • Local economy & business issues
  • Regeneration issues
  • Social services and social care
  • Spending and budget
  • Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • Businesses & employers
  • Carers
  • Central government
  • Children
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • Expert stakeholders
  • Faith groups
  • Gay, lesbian and bisexual people
  • General public
  • Housing Association tenants
  • Neighbouring authorities
  • Non-users of services
  • Older people
  • Parent, carers and guardians
  • Partner agencies
  • People with disabilities
  • People with learning difficulties
  • Police
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
  • Young people
Contact Details

Rachel Clark MFPH

Specialty Registrar in Public Health

South Gloucestershire Council