2023 Case Studies Pack
- October 2023
Developing our collaborative approach
Tackling poverty has been a priority since 2018, alongside shaping a more inclusive economy. Before the pandemic, we were already concerned about the ways that the benefits system, housing costs and low wages had driven up levels of poverty and specifically in-work poverty. Despite visible affluence, we estimate that a third of Hackney households and half of children are in poverty, after housing costs, and that groups that experience structural inequality are more likely to be in poverty,
By 2020 we were developing a more co-ordinated approach to tackling poverty. During the pandemic we built on this approach, recognising, unfortunately, that we expected people to be in a worse financial position coming out of the pandemic and we would need to ensure support was still in place. Collaboration continues to be at the heart of this approach.
Framing the issues the right way
Hackney adopted a Poverty Reduction Framework in March 2022. The causes and effects of poverty are varied and complex. No single service or organisation can tackle the scale of the challenge or reach the diversity of people struggling.
Head of Policy and Strategic Delivery