Ensuring No Child is Left Behind in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2238
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Child Poverty Commission noted in 2008 that the underlying causes of poverty in London were due to low maternal employment rates as a result of the lack of quality part-time jobs and flexible childcare, as well as higher housing childcare and housing costs. Do you welcome the report by 4in10 'Ensuring No Child is Left Behind in London: Recommendations for the Mayor' to tackle child poverty?

Answer

Answer for Ensuring No Child is Left Behind in London

Answer for Ensuring No Child is Left Behind in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I congratulate 4 in10 on its work highlighting the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in London.

Low levels of maternal employment and the cost and availability of childcare remain significant barriers to tackling child poverty. In addition, the nature of child poverty has changed over the past decade with the situation in London increasingly characterised by in-work poverty linked to low pay and underemployment, high housing costs, welfare reforms and immigration policy.

It is important to address all of these drivers of child poverty. I look forward to working with civil society initiatives such as 4in10, along with employers, central government, boroughs, housing associations, and Londoners themselves to bring a concerted focus to child poverty.