Isle of Wight council funding pledge to help reduce child poverty

Thanks to a motion by Cllr Michael Lilley, the Isle of Wight the council unanimously voted to prioritise funding to reduce child poverty ‘significantly’ over the next five years.

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A motion to improve child poverty on the Isle of Wight was passed in the last eight minutes of this week’s council meeting (catch up here).

Put forward by Cllr Michael Lilley (Independent Green), the council unanimously voted to prioritise funding to reduce child poverty ‘significantly’ over the next five years.

Currently, almost 30 per cent of Island children live in poverty.

Cllr Lilley said:

“It’s very sad the issue of child poverty is stuffed in the last eight minutes of this council, because of various ramblings of old-time councillors.”

Cross-party collaboration
Cllr Lilley worked alongside Conservative cabinet member, Cllr Paul Brading, to agree the motion.

Cllr Lilley said:

“Child poverty on the Isle of Wight is not acceptable. We need to be very ambitious to end it now.”

Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Paul Brading, said:

“I will be horrified if anyone votes against dealing with child poverty on our Island because it is a key issue.”


This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations by OnTheWight. Ed

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hermit

But, being a Conservative-led Council, they have consistently voted to increase child poverty as we have a Conservative Govt that has doubled the numbers of those in Child Poverty since they came to power. A Govt they agree with.

How can they significantly reduce it, when on the whole they are happy for funding to be cut to essential services, benefit freezes, and the introduction of Universal Credit?

mick
A welcome statement but worthless unless backed up with action. They have a lot of ground to make up, in the last few years they have increased the council tax paid by the poorest, cut youth services to the bone, failed to build any social or affordable housing and cut the services designed to help families on low incomes. I will be interested to see how the… Read more »
realitycheck
More rhetoric – children, schools, roads, NHS, Social care, Law Centre, LAC’s… And with Lilley and Brading sycophantically rattling on about this latest topic of interest, it’s no wonder that nothing gets done… How helpful was Mr Lilley’s comment referring to Council colleagues – “…various ramblings of old-time councillors..”…? How does that help child poverty – seeking to score points from smart mouthed comments…despairing, simply despairing… No… Read more »