Commission calls for Doncaster kids in poverty to get 'free or discounted travel'

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A Government advisory committee is calling on Doncater Council to implement a raft of new measures to help children in poverty.

A Government advisory committee is calling on Doncater Council to implement a raft of new measures to help children in poverty.

The Child Poverty Commission, a body who advise the Department for Education, have recommended 19 proposals under four themes in order to help poor children.

They're calling on the local authority to work with transport providers in the borough to offer free or discounted bus passes to those families who are claiming benefits by April 2019.

In a report seen by Doncaster councillors, All schools and colleges in Doncaster should 'review their rules, policies, procedures' and to make sure they do not contribute to any young person 'feeling punished or bullied as a result of being poor'.

The council alongside external agencies should 'help secure funding for local benefits and money advice charities' to regularly visit Doncaster's schools and colleges and 'incorporate sessions in the curriculum'.

Schools are also being urged to improve the provision of careers information, advice and guidance by September 2019.

Doncaster new 'local Office of the Children's Commissioner' should be 'leading efforts to make sure the local authority is listening and responding to young people in poverty by September 2018.

The commission added they should do this by providing an 'independent complaints service specifically for young people.

Councillors on the health and wellbeing board will discuss the Child Poverty Commission report at a meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

Riana Nelson, assistant director of partnerships and operational delivery at Doncaster Council, said: "The impact of poverty on children and young people’s life chances, from outcomes at school to lacking aspiration and opportunity huge.

"The Commission highlighted a number of recommendations that if implemented would improve the life chances of young people and their access to opportunity.

"Families in poverty are amongst our most vulnerable in the borough. This recommendations of this commission aims to address some of the inequalities in life chances through the improvement of services delivered to these families."