About the Child Poverty Commission

Birmingham’s Child Poverty Commission was launched in mid 2015.

The commission’s work is being driven by statistics that show child poverty in Birmingham is at unacceptable levels where a third of children are living in poverty, with some parts of the city having over 46 per cent of children in poor households*.

The Commission made up of leaders in all spheres of influence including policy makers, politicians and practitioners – who collectively provide expertise, knowledge and experience to help formulate proposals for a citywide approach. The cross-partner commission involves Birmingham City Council, the Children’s Society and the University of Birmingham as well as other agencies who all have a part to play in preventing children growing up in poverty.

The core focus of the commission is to implement actions rather than produce theoretical strategies without any goal. The commission aims to set out a number of actions that will address child poverty in a Birmingham context and help to reduce it.

As well as asking professionals to give evidence, the commission wants to listen to the everyday experiences of children and families living in poverty and understand poverty from their perspective and bring to life the stories of children and families behind the hard statistics.

The commission also seeks to explore the circumstances that create poverty, understand the causes and identify any gaps in knowledge that hinder progress in reducing poverty.

Everyone should play their part to make child poverty unacceptable across the city. Anyone who lives or works in Birmingham and wants to share their views can contact Suwinder Bains at Suwinder.bains@birmingham.gov.uk.

The commission’s developments can also be followed on Twitter @fairbrum

Chair Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, The Children’s Society
Vice Chair Sam Monaghan, Executive Director of Children’s Services, Barnardo’s
Public Health Dr Dennis Wilkes, Consultant for Public Health for Children, Young People & Families
Children and families, Birmingham City Council Peter Hay, Strategic Director of People
Voluntary and Community Sector Alison Moore, Third Sector Assembly
Birmingham City Council Cllr Shafique Shah, Cabinet Member for Inclusion and Community Safety,
Expert Commissioner  Prof Peter Alcock, Birmingham University
Private Sector Jason Wouhra, Regional Chair of Institute of Directors
Birmingham City Council Councillor Robert Alden (Conservative)
Birmingham City Council  Councillor Roger Harmer (Liberal Dermocrats)
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