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Orbit roundtable calls for sector to jointly tackle child poverty

Calls for the housing sector to play a lead role in tackling child poverty by creating chances for future generations have been made by housing chiefs.

A roundtable, led by Orbit, at CIH Housing 2016 conference discussed making a joint commitment by the sector to measure and tackle child poverty.

The calls come following figures released by DWP today (29 June) showing 3.9m children were living in 'relative poverty' in 2014-15, an increase of 200,000 on the previous year. 

Statistics from Orbit show that 25 per cent of children in its communities are growing up in poverty, and this is set to see further impact with an estimated 4,000 of its households affected by the benefit cap with the largest families the hardest hit. 

Attendees, which included Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Citizens Advice, CIH, JRF, HACT, Riverside, Yarlington Housing Association and other housing providers, backed the need for the sector to identify practical steps to help current and future customers. 

As Orbit celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 it is launching its child poverty campaign to inform its future vision to improve life chances of future generations. 

Roundtable chair Paul Tennant, chief executive of Orbit and CPAG ambassador, said: "As housing providers, we have a duty to play a part in breaking this cycle of poverty, so that we can create an environment for generations of young people to thrive in the future.

"We know that good housing directly affects a child's health and wellbeing and can influence access to wider social, economic and educational opportunities."

Read more about Orbit's initial research into child poverty.