About Dr Sonya Baksi:
Sonya Baksi worked over a 40 period in the NHS and was a consultant community paediatrician. Her early work was in inner London during a period of urban regeneration and service development. This was followed by retrenchment and the introduction of the business ethics into the NHS with cutbacks in support services for families. Sonya has served on national committees and served a year on secondment at the Department of Health when guidance was being drawn up for the Children Act of 1989. She has lectured widely in her professional field. Sonya is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
About the talk:
Sonya has long been concerned about the effects of poverty on family life. Her first substantive post was in a multi-deprived area of inner London. Later she worked in Sussex and profiled child deprivation here. The significance of child poverty will be discussed. The National Minimum Wage was introduced in 1998 and the National Living Wage in 2016. Sonya will discuss the background to this legislation and the work of the Living Wage Foundation. We are currently seeing an upsurge in family poverty with 70% of the four million children currently in poverty having working parents. Local action by Lewes for a Living Wage will be reviewed and ways forward adopted by other countries will be explored.