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Every Child deserves the best chance in life

The INEOS Forgotten 40 Project is a charitable initiative which hopes to improve the lives of children growing up in some of the poorest parts of the UK. It was established by the owners of INEOS, who themselves grew up in these areas.

100 Primary Schools

Low cost effective interventions

£20,000 for initiatives

Enrich & improve young lives

How does the project operate?

The Forgotten 40 Project donates directly to primary schools based in postcodes ranked in the lowest decile of the UK Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). Headteachers are responsible for the distribution of the funding as they know their children, families, and communities well and are best placed to develop interventions to support and improve the lives of children and families. INEOS believes that by alleviating the impact of poverty, children’s life chances will be improved.

About this Project

Selection and spending criteria

We are currently in Year 2 2022-2023, following a successful pilot run with 20 schools in 2020-21, and then a first year with 100 schools. Find out more about how we selected these schools, and our spending criteria.

The 100 Schools

School-level project

Each school community is different. Social and economic disadvantage unites all the Forgotten 40 schools, but each school is free to use the gift to tackle whichever barriers it feels most critical to the school community.

Headteachers are given creative freedom to trial a range of initiatives that they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to fund. Over three years, we hope to gain collective insights into low cost, effective interventions that enrich and improve young lives - which can be shared and scaled.

The Initiatives

Childhood poverty in the UK

Before the pandemic an average of 31% of UK children were living in poverty. Poverty is defined as living in a household whose income is 60% below the median each year. In some regions and postcodes this figure was far higher and rising when the last data was published.  For instance, the Northeast of England was approaching 37%, and several London boroughs were already over 40%. 49% of children living in lone-parent families were in poverty as were 46% of children from Black and minority ethnic groups.

The name “Forgotten 40” is derived from the percentage of children living within families in poverty in many disadvantaged parts of the UK.

The data predates the pandemic and the growing economic pressures on vulnerable and low-income families, which have tipped yet more families into hardship. Poorer families, already squeezed by years of austerity followed by the pandemic, and now the impact of the war in Ukraine, are struggling more than ever as food, energy and rent prices soar.

To find out more about child poverty in the UK, a number of reliable resources exist including the websites of the Children’s Commissioner, the Child Poverty Action Group, and the End Child Poverty coalition

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