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Town Hall facing child poverty crisis in run-up to 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 22:20 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:19 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall chiefs are tackling child poverty with a three-year plan to improve family life by the time East London stages the 2012 Olympics. The plan by Tower Hamlets, one of Britain's most-deprived inner-city areas, includes healthier school lunches—as well as helping parents get jobs

TOWN Hall chiefs are tackling child poverty with a three-year Children & Young People’s Plan to improve family life by the time East London stages the 2012 Olympics.

The plan approved by Tower Hamlets, one of Britain’s most-deprived inner-city areas, includes introducing healthier food on lunch menus in schools and children’s centres—as well as helping parents get jobs.

“We have serious challenges such as child poverty to overcome in the East End,” said Cllr Clair Hawkins, council cabinet member for Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. “But we are committed to making sure every child can grow up healthily, happily and safely.”

Public consultations are under way with families who have been unhappy with any elements of children’s services in the past, the council admits. There will also be consultation with youngsters on issues such as the Olympics.

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