Birmingham Child Poverty Action Forum
The Birmingham Child Poverty Action Forum was created to carry on the work of the Child Poverty Commission that was established by the city council in 2015 and reported in June 2016. The report of the Commission is available link, and the recommendations made are now being implemented by the city council and by a range of other partners across the city.
The Commission was keen to ensure however that, as well as arriving at a clear set of recommendations for practical ways to combat child poverty in the city, it would also leave a legacy of political and policy involvement in future activities to continue to monitor and combat child poverty. The intention of the Forum is to provide a focus for this over the next few years, to ensure that child poverty remains a matter of policy concern and practical action across the city.
The Child Poverty Commission was comprised of national and local experts, as well as councillors and officers. It was independently chaired and had cross-party support, as well as including representatives from key partner agencies in the city. The Forum will continue to include these councillors and officers, and other local members of the Commission; but the membership has been extended to include representatives from a wide range of public, private and voluntary agencies across the city – see who we are.
The Child Poverty Action Forum meets regularly, which is chaired by Pete Alcock (Emeritus Professor at University of Birmingham) and Jason Wouhra (East End Foods), and is supported by Suwinder Bains from Birmingham City Council. The purpose of the meetings is to review and promote activities to combat or relieve child poverty in the city, and to ensure co-ordination and overview of these. The Forum will also monitor progress on meeting the recommendations of the Commission, with an annual review of the Commission’s work at an open public meeting in June 2017.
The main purpose of the Forum however is to promote and support events and activities focused on child poverty in the city. We want : –
- To encourage individuals and organisations to organise events to highlight the problems of child poverty and what can be done about it
- To share information about the existing work done by people and organisations across the city
- To provide a source of information and advice about the issues affecting children and families in need
- To promote engagement and debate about policies and practice, through the use of our Twitter feed and blogs on our website
- To encourage the creation of audio and video clips about people’s experiences of combating child poverty which we can upload to our website
The Forum welcomes involvement and information from all in the city who are concerned about the problem of child poverty and want to join us in seeking to combat and relieve it. If you want to get involved in our work or want to tell us more about the work you are doing please contact us via this website.