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Tackling Poverty Programme


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Benefits and impacts


Further Information

The Tackling Poverty programme is an ambitious and unique partnership programme which seeks to change the lives of those living in poverty in Renfrewshire.


In 2014, Renfrewshire’s Tackling Poverty Commission was set up to assess the nature, causes and impact of child poverty in Renfrewshire, and make recommendations for the introduction of a strategic approach for Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership. The Commission was the first of its kind in Scotland and its approach was unique.  A series of recommendations were proposed which were designed to be delivered in partnership and focused on making a difference at a local level.


Following the Commissions’ recommendations, a Strategy and Action Plan for Renfrewshire was developed.   Tackling Poverty is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and a £6 million investment was agreed, with a supporting Action Plan.

Theme: Partnership and Collaboration

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The £6m programme is structured around three National Outcomes and six Local Priorities.  These include;


National Outcomes

  • Pockets – Maximising the financial resources of families on low incomes
  • Prospects – Improved life chances of children in poverty
  • Places – Children from low income households live in well-designed sustainable places.


Local Priorities

  • Income and Employment – Increase the number of households who can access employment that provides an acceptable standard of living.
  • Managing Money – Prevent financial crisis and support low income families to make the most of their money
  • Health – Improve levels of physical and mental health of children in low income families
  • Attainment – Close the attainment gap between children from low-income families and their better-off peers.
  • Neighbourhoods – Create neighbourhoods where people want to live and can afford to live
  • How organisations should work – Narrow inequalities by working in a way which is inclusive, effective and evidence based.


There are a total of 45 projects within the programme, which are managed across all the services within the Council.


  • These include a blend of new interventions that test and trial promising ideas, the expansion of successful existing interventions as well as specified projects to further assess need and scope the potential for alternative delivery models.
  • Some projects have large budgets, such as our £1million project to expand Families First to three new local areas. Other projects have no budget, as they are met by existing resources or are more focussed on making a change to the way we work.
  • Some projects are complex, for example our Joint Employability Programme which is comprised of 14 separate projects. Other projects are simple, for example, providing financial support to the Foodbank.
  • Some projects extend services that already existed and that we believe are key to tackling poverty, for example our Energy Advice project. Others are testing and trialling innovative new approaches, such as our Literacy Development project.
  • Strong partnership delivery
  • Cross organisational approach utilises resources to their full potential
  • Outcome focused governance allows for links to be made across services and partners
  • Trialling innovative approaches which address the causes of poverty
  • Tackling poverty is at the heart of all our major investments undertaken by Renfrewshire Council

The annual report is due to be published in September 2016. Once completed, the link will be uploaded to this site.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Annabelle Armstrong-Walter

Strategic Lead Officer (Tackling Poverty and Welfare Reform

Renfrewshire Council

0141 618 5968

Case study added to site: June 2016

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