Child Poverty

Our work with groups

At KVA, we are working on the issue of Child Poverty as part of the Children and Young People Project, as voluntary and community groups are often one of the first contacts for families affected by poverty. Our two main initiatives are looking at :

  • families not claiming benefits to which they may be entitled
  • under-claiming of Free School Meals

We hosted a seminar on Child Poverty in May 2013. You can download the presentations below. 

'Child Poverty and the Impact of Welfare Reform'


Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium: sign up now!

RBK's Free School Meals campaign encourages parents in Kingston to sign-up for free school meals. At the moment, 3,500 families are entitled to free school meals, but nearly half of this number does not claim them.

If families have a household income of less than £16,160 per year they are likely to be able to claim free school meals. the benefits are not only in free food savings of around £500 per year, the claim also triggers the Pupil Premium funding of £430 per pupil which goes directly to the child's school.

Please ring 020 8547 5004 or email for more details of the campaign. Approximately 5,000 children are living in poverty in Kingston. Child poverty is defined as "where household income is below 60% of the median UK income after housing costs have been paid."


Impact of child poverty

Child poverty has a huge impact on every aspect of a child's life. For example:

Of the total number of children not eligible for free school meals, 62.9% achieve 5 GCSEs at A* - C.
Of the total number of children eligible for free school meals,  35.5% achieve 5 GCSEs at A* - C.

Three year olds in households with incomes below £10,000 are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from chronic illness than children in households with incomes above £52,000.

Social Participation
18% of the poorest fifth of the population could not afford to have their children's friends round for tea once a fortnight.

The Child Poverty Unit states that unless action is taken 25% of children in the UK will be living in poverty by 2020.

As a response to the Child Poverty Act 2010, every local authority developed a Child Poverty Strategy identifying priorities from the Child Poverty Needs Assessment. You can find the latest version of the Child Poverty Needs Assessment online or email Justine Rego for your copy.




Child Poverty Strategy


Free school meals

Why fork out for school meals? Campaign image of a fork printed with money


Patricia Turner,

KVA’s Health and Social Care Manager.
020 8255 3335