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Project Structure

Healthier Wealthier Children is a collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Local Authorities, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Voluntary Sector Money Advice Services.

Almost half of the children in Greater Glasgow and Clyde live in low income households, ranging from 25% in East Renfrewshire to 69% in East Glasgow [1]. Addressing child poverty is a key Scottish Government strategy for improving children’s health and well-being and is supported by the strategies, Equally Well, Achieving Our Potential and the Early Years Framework. Maximising families’ income is one element of addressing child poverty and a practical action that health and social care service providers can offer with the right support. A collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), Glasgow City Council (GCC) and Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) with additional support from other council partners has been successful in attracting funding from the Scottish Government Social Inclusion Division for a Child Poverty and Financial Inclusion Project.

The funding of £1,058,375 has been secured for 15 months from January 2010 to provide income maximisers and development officers for all Community Health (and Care) Partnerships across NHSGGC. It builds on actions taken by NHSGGC to meet the objectives outlined in the Scottish Government Health Directorates Chief Executive Letter (CEL) 36 for improving nutrition for families living in disadvantage. CEL 36 implementation included work to improve uptake of the UK-wide Healthy Start programme and through this identified a gap in financial service provision for families attending antenatal and postnatal health services.

Building on the Healthy Start work, the Project will support the development of expertise within financial inclusion services and health structures for addressing child poverty by targeting income maximisation advice to pregnant women and families with infants and young children. The main aims of the Project are to:

  •  Test out a partnership model of providing income maximisation advice at a local level; and
  •  Develop a strategic approach to linking this service provision with health and other services in the longer term.

The Project will be implemented through all ten CH/CPs across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Income maximisers will be employed by the eight CH/CPs with the highest levels of families on low incomes, and development officers will be employed across the whole of NHSGGC to establish referral and information pathways between health and financial inclusion service structures. The Project will employ an additional income maximiser to provide a specialist service to families affected by substance misuse across all ten CH/CPs. The Project will target families with children under 5 attending health and early years services although some exceptions will be allowed. For example, particular attention will be paid to picking up families who face additional barriers to maximising their incomes such as in the case of kinship carers, or where affordable childcare is unavailable.

 NHSGGC has a Financial Inclusion Group, which reports to NHSGGC Corporate Management Team. The Healthier Wealthier Children Project Steering Group reports to the NHSGGC Financial Inclusion group

 [1] Low income households are defined here as being in receipt of any benefits, out of work or in work (2006 data, GCPH analysis, 2009)

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Steering group 

The Healthier Wealthier Children Steering Group includes representation from the Scottish Government NHSGGC Corporate Services and Department of Public Health, CHCP representation (Head of Planning and Health Improvement, Children and Families Leads, Health Improvement and Inequalities Managers), Council Financial Inclusion services, and Child Poverty Action Group. The group is chaired by Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement, Glasgow CHP.

Key contacts:

Your Local Area Contacts:

GLASGOW CITY CHP (North West Sector) Pauline Walmsley 0141 211 0313 [email protected] John Thomson 0141 211 0279 [email protected]
GLASGOW CITY CHP (North East Sector)  Janet Tobin 0141 201 9803 [email protected]
GLASGOW CITY CHP (South Sector) Alison Murray 0141 232 807 [email protected] Paul Lafferty 0141 2328077 [email protected]
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHCP Cathy Williamson 0141 355 2327 [email protected]
David Radford 0141 355 2391 [email protected]
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHCP Ailsa King 01389 744 667 [email protected]
EAST RENFREWSHIRE CHCP Jodi Dean 0141 577 8682 [email protected]
INVERCLYDE CHCP Cath Tearn 01475 502 524 [email protected]
RENFREWSHIRE CHP Irene Carswel 01505 821 817 [email protected]

ADDICTIONS Frances Rodger 0141 276 6600 [email protected]