Take up the challenge: the role of local services in increasing take up of benefits and tax credits to reduce child poverty

Ministers asked the Take Up Taskforce to develop ways to help local services to support parents to access all their relevant benefit entitlements, in order to help tackle child poverty.

Many poor families are not taking up all of the financial support to which they are entitled and there are particularly low rates of take up by families where at least one parent is working. Lack of awareness of available in-work financial entitlements can present a barrier to parents entering and sustaining work.

The report sets out eight principles of effective service delivery, as identified by the taskforce, that would improve take up if adopted by local authorities. The taskforce also identified recommendations for government to encourage and enable local authorities to adopt the principles of effective service delivery.

Child Poverty Unit