There is growing evidence that an individual’s relationships – their ‘social capital’ – can help reduce poverty.
For disadvantaged people from ethnic minority backgrounds, there is also evidence of a limited but significant relationship between less diverse social networks and poverty.
This ‘Solutions’ paper by Ryan Shorthouse at Bright Blue makes the following policy recommendations:
- The receipt of Child Benefit should be conditional upon all parents eligible for the Early Years Free Entitlement when their children are between the ages of three and four (from aged two for the most disadvantaged parents).
- Sure Start Children’s Centres should deliver key services, such as birth registration and English language classes.
- Individual Sure Start Children’s Centres should: collect standardised, socio-demographic data on participating families; and receive a financial reward for increasing the participation of disadvantaged people from ethnic minority backgrounds, and a financial penalty for failing to do so.