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Anti-Poverty Strategy given Executive backing

Posted on 15th April, 2014 by Lincoln Against Poverty

A formal plan has been put in place to help people in Lincoln struggling to make ends meet.

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive Committee approved the Lincoln Anti-Poverty Strategy 2014-2016 for adoption and publication at its meeting last night.

The document has been put together after nine months of intensive work by the authority’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, with the aim of raising public awareness of the scale of the problem, identify gaps in provision and remove duplication of effort to make collective resources go further, and work with partners to remove any stigma attached with accessing help. Additional ways of helping to mitigate the short to medium term affects of poverty will also be looked into.

The ambition is: ‘Working with partners to tackle the effects of poverty, and so have a noticeable impact on people’s daily lives’.

One of the city council’s strategic priorities is to protect the poorest people in Lincoln.

The Scrutiny Committee’s work included holding workshops looking at different aspects of poverty, carrying out a number of case studies which were carefully examined, extensive research from more than 50 academic journals and survey work from one-to-one interviews with partners and stakeholders.

This culminated in the Lincoln Poverty Conference, held in February, which attracted more than 100 delegates from in excess of 50 public, private and voluntary sector organisations all keen to be involved in developing new ways to help take poverty in the city.

Simon Walters, Assistant Director for Corporate Review and Development, said: “The resulting strategy shows how all organisations can work together to help meet the financial challenges people face everyday.

“The conference received amazing support from all the partners and arising from this are more than 100 potential ideas to take forward.

“Extensive work will now commence on the second phase, which will involve taking these ideas and turning each of them into a project the council and its partners can work together on over the rest of the year.”