The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine what steps the Government could take to reduce the numbers of children who grow up in poverty in the UK.
The initial focus of the Committee will be on the best way to measure child poverty and how the Dept of Work and Pensions works with other Government departments and local authorities to reduce the number of young people living in poverty.
The inquiry is then expected to examine how well the social security system is working for children, the experiences of families with no recourse to public funds, and support for working parents and separated families.
The Committee have launched a call for written submissions to the inquiry, which they would like to focus on the following questions:
Measurement and targets
- How should child poverty be measured and defined?
- The measures of child poverty changed in 2016. What has the impact of those changes been?
- What were the advantages and disadvantages of having a set of targets for reducing child poverty?
- What has been the effect of removing from law the targets in place between 2010 and 2016?
- What is the impact of child poverty and how can it best be measured?
- What links can be established for children between financial hardship, educational under-achievement, family breakdown and worklessness?
- How effectively does the Department for Work and Pensions work with other Government departments, particularly the Department for Education and the Treasury, to reduce child poverty?
- How effectively does the Department for Work and Pensions work with local authorities and with support organisations to reduce the numbers of children living in poverty and to mitigate the impact of poverty on children?
- What would be the merits of having a cross-government child poverty strategy? How well has this worked in the past?
You can view the call for evidence here: https://bit.ly/3ifuSds
You can also read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/2KhL4yx
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The House of Lords Select Committee have called for evidence on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation.
The Committee are considering the effectiveness of current sport and recreation policies and initiatives, how people can be encouraged to lead more active lifestyles and the case for a national plan for sport and recreation. They are keen to receive written evidence from experts with an interest, experience or expertise in sport and recreation policy and practice.
The Committee is taking a broad view of ‘sport and recreation’ and is interested in hearing about all activities that support an active lifestyle. It hopes to learn about success stories and opportunities, challenges, and how things could be improved going forward.
The Committee would particularly like to hear from experts:
- with experience of motivation through and the benefits of technology in regard to physical activity (e.g. wearables, apps etc)
- who can provide thoughts/experience in regard to comparable international models/policies
- with expertise on data collection of physical activity, its use and reliability
- on encouraging under represented groups and children to lead more active lifestyles
- on how racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny and ableism in sport be tackled
- on the opportunities and challenges facing elite sports in the UK and what can be done to make national sports governing bodies more accountable
The deadline is Friday 29th January.
Information about the inquiry and all the questions which the Committee would like to learn more about can be found on the inquiry webpage.
Colleagues intending to submit written evidence to this inquiry must engage with the BU policy team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and share a draft prior to submitting evidence.
Colleagues who haven’t previously submitted to a select committee or would like support are encouraged to get in touch. We can advise, provide a template and guidance on how to write your submission.
The Environmental Audit Committee is running an inquiry into the impact of invasive species and their management. This tackles non-native species living outside their natural range which have arrived by human activity, either deliberate or accidental. Invasive species are those that negatively affect native biodiversity, ecosystem services and public health, through predation, competition or by transmitting disease, costing Great Britain at least £1.8 billion per year. They mainly affect the farming and horticultural sectors but also transport, construction, recreation, aquaculture and utilities. You can read a summary of both of the latest committee evidence sessions (two sessions on 25 June 2019) at this link.