In collaboration with Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Partnership is bringing together a range of agencies to instigate action to improve levels of financial inclusion in Darlington.
Poverty has emerged as a key area of work for the Partnership and featured strongly in the revised strategy for Darlington, One Darlington: Perfectly Placed. A Poverty Reduction Enquiry Group was established which examined the evidence available in primary research, including reports by the New Economics Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Child Poverty Action Group and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, as well as national Government statistics.
The group’s report, ‘The Scope of Poverty in Darlington’ (Nov. 2013) found that 11,000 working age adults, 4,500 children aged 0-17 (over 20% of all children in Darlington) and 3,000 pensioners are living in households that are below the official ‘poverty line’(i.e. with household incomes 60% or more below national median earnings). Low wages as well as unemployment is a cause – nationally, 66% of households below the poverty line have at least one person in work.
In November 2014 the Partnership held a conference titled ‘Prosperity for All’. Along with supporting greater social mobility, the conference concluded more should be done to address financial inclusion. The Darlington Financial Inclusion Action Group is the Partnership’s response.
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