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Action on poverty earns place on awards shortlist

Posted on 27th May, 2014 by Lincoln Against Poverty

The work being carried out to address the significant impact of poverty in the city has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny Good Scrutiny Awards has shortlisted the Poverty in Lincoln project for three awards, including Influence Beyond Boundaries, Economic Resilience and the Overall award. In addition there is a chance to win the Scrutineers’ Choice award given by the delegates themselves at the annual conference.

City of Lincoln Council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee refocused its work last summer to concentrate on helping people on low income to make ends meet after it was identified as being a key issue for the city.

Figures revealed one in four children live in poverty and one in five households are estimated to be in fuel poverty. There has been an unprecedented demand on services that offer support, such as food banks and financial advice.

A series of meetings were held looking at a range of topics and the work culminated in the successful Lincoln Poverty Conference, attended by more than 120 delegates in February, the creation of a strategy which was adopted by the council last month and a comprehensive multi-agency action plan which is in the final stages of development.

Simon Walters, Assistant Director for Corporate Review and Development, said: “It is great news that the work of the committee, and dedication of the many partners across the city working with people in financial difficulty, has been recognised in this shortlisting.

“Whilst our primary objective in developing the anti-poverty strategy has always been to explore how we can work with our partners to make a difference for people in the city, it would be the ‘icing on the cake’ to win such a national award in the process. We are all keeping our fingers crossed.”

The awards take place in London on June 10.

The date for next year’s Lincoln Poverty Conference has been set for Tuesday 24 February. However, the committee will be undertaking further focussed work over the next six months covering child poverty, high interest lending and furniture recycling in more detail.