Family poverty

The poverty line in the UK is defined as a household income below 60% of the average. This threshold is currently around £195 a week for a lone parent with two children. Using this definition there are over 3 million children living in poverty. Shockingly almost half of these children (1.4 million) live in families with a household income far below this – an average of £124 per week for one adult and two children. At least half of the children living in poverty have a parent who works, showing that low paid work is just as likely to cause financial hardship as reliance on benefits. Families living in very low-income households are often unable to afford basic necessities, or give their children the same opportunities that others take for granted. Families living in severe poverty:

  • Have nothing set aside for emergencies
  • Cannot replace broken electrical goods or furniture
  • Can’t afford their children’s school uniforms, or the cost of school trips
  • Have no spare money for holidays, hobbies or leisure activities
  • Can’t afford to keep their homes warm
  • Can’t afford social activities.

The overarching objectives for Warwickshire County Council and its partners is to:

  • To move people out of poverty
  • To break the cycle of poverty
  • To mitigate the effects of poverty
  • To reduce, and alleviate the impact of child poverty in Warwickshire by 2020.

Strategy  Warwickshire Child Poverty Strategy (PDF, 1.35 MB) 

Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership

Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership (WFIP) Financial well-being is a huge and complex subject area. A range of Government initiatives exist in support of financial well-being, and a multitude of public, private and voluntary sector services reside at the local and national level to provide advice and support to citizens in times of financial difficulty. Financial well-being, also referred to as financial inclusion, is defined as ensuring that everyone has access to appropriate financial services, enabling them to:

  • Effectively manage their money on a day-to-day basis;
  • Plan for the future and cope with financial pressure; and
  • Deal effectively with financial difficulty and distress.

Positive working relationships have been built with partners resulting in the establishment of the Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership in 2010. This was one of two projects (the other being the Family Intervention Project) which was successful in accessing LPSA2 reward grant funding. The Financial Inclusion activities delivered during this period relate to the following themes:

  • Increased access to affordable financial services.
  • Provide co-ordinated access to free debt advice and to increase benefit take up.
  • Improve financial capability (budgeting and money management skill).

Background papers


Fuel Poverty Conference 22 September 2015

Agenda and Presentations 

Programme 22 September 2015 (PDF, 155.16 KB) Presentation – Empower Local People (PPTX, 149.73 KB) Fuel Poverty in Coventry & Warwickshire (PPTX, 8.08 MB) NICE presentation (PPTX, 1.38 MB) Tackling Fuel Poverty (PPTX, 3 MB) Warm and Well Presentation (PPTX, 3.53 MB) Tackling Fuel Poverty in Coventry (PPT, 2.43 MB) Whitefriars’ approach to fuel poverty (PPTX, 4.69 MB)


Agendas and minutes 20 January 2015

4 November 2014

18 September 2014 Child Poverty Conference – Ricoh Arena

8 July 2014

8 April 2014

11 February 2014

8 November 2013 Food Poverty Conference – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

3 September 2013

26 July 2013

23 April 2013

26 February 2013

11 December 2012

10 October 2012

19 June 2012

19 April 2012

5 March 2012

Information Sharing

Warwickshire Police & Crime Panel

is keen to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences of the support services or from those who currently provide support to victims:

Have you been a victim of crime, or know someone who has?
 Do you work with and provide support services to victims of crime? The Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel has set up a dedicated group to review existing support services for victims of crime, which will focus specifically on the successes and gaps in supporting victims and provide an assessment of local need. A key part of the review is to listen to the views of the people who have first-hand experience of those support services – either the victims of crime, or those that support them. This is a crucial piece of work that will help the Police and Crime Commissioner in his ongoing work to commission victim services in the future and it is important that those services reflect victim needs and priorities. National research of best practice support to victims demonstrates that it should: Be equally accessible across the county;

  • Have an approach that puts the needs of the victim at the heart of the system;
  • Be multi-agency, where appropriate;
  • Provide support to victims of anti-social behaviour and hate crime;
  • Have consistent, specialised provision for victims of domestic and sexual violence; and
  • Provide specialised support for children and young people. (‘Listening and learning: Improving support for victims in Warwickshire’, VSA project)

If you wish to share your experiences and views, or make suggestions about how existing services could be improved, please contact the Panel using the contact details below: Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel Warwickshire County Council PO Box 9, Shire Hall Warwick, CV34 4RR Tel: (01926) 413747 Email: For more information on the role and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Panel, please visit:

Child poverty and financial inclusion communications

March 2015
February 2015
August 2014
  • Free School Meals  – From September, all schools will be providing children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a free meal at lunchtime which follows the School Food Standards.  Awareness raising during week 4 August 2014.

July 2014

  • Fuel Poverty statistics
2012 Sub regional Fuel Poverty (PDF, 16.03 KB)
  •  The Swanswell Independent Living Service for alcohol and drug users

ILS Poster about the dropin service at Swanswell House in Coventry (PDF, 1.2 MB) Independent Living Service Client Leaflet e version (PDF, 565.58 KB)

March 2014

  • Panorama – Hungry Britain – an investigation by BBC’s Panorama has revealed that more than a third of councils in England and Wales are subsidising food banks.

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013