More than 9,000 children are living in poverty in Cheshire West this Christmas.
Latest statistics show over 15% under 16s in the borough have an ‘unacceptable standard of living’.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is expected to finalise its child poverty strategy for the next four years this week.
It aims to enable everyone ‘to achieve their full potential’.
A report detailing the plan will go before the Labour cabinet on Wednesday (December 14).
CWaC cabinet member for children and young people Nicole Meardon wrote the report’s foreword.
She said: “The evidence consistently shows that the best routes out of poverty are through improved educational outcomes and through improving the workability skills of young people.
“Income matters but it is also about addressing barriers to employment and ensuring every family has the skills and opportunities to succeed, to compete for the best jobs and lift themselves out of poverty.”
Figures show Cheshire West is below the national average of 20.1% of children living in poverty.
Government cuts are expected to reduce the council’s overall budget by more than £50m by 2020.
CWaC have stressed a ‘multi-agency approach’ will be key to the success of the strategy.
Its priority is to enhance children’s lives and ensure thriving ‘residents, communities and economy’.
Themes include tackling low-paid employment, narrowing the education gap and ensuring good quality housing is available.
The most recent HMRC child poverty statistics showed parts of Ellesmere Port, Lache and Winsford were the most deprived in the borough.
Children from these areas were more likely to struggle in school and be taken to hospital for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.
The report states: “Children living in the most deprived areas of Cheshire West and Chester experience significantly worse outcomes related to health and education than children living in less deprived areas of the borough.”