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Lincoln to host poverty conference

Posted on 24th February, 2014 by Lincoln Against Poverty

The issue of poverty and its significant effects on people in the city will be in the spotlight at Lincoln Poverty Conference.

City of Lincoln Council has organised the event, due to take place on Wednesday, February 26, at Alive Conference Centre, with more than 130 partners and stakeholders from a number of agencies due to be in attendance.

One in four children in the city live in poverty and one in five households are estimated to be in fuel poverty. There is now an unprecedented demand on services that offer support, such as food banks and financial advice.

The aim of the conference is to bring together partners to form an action plan to help people suffering the effects of poverty on a daily basis. The conference will identify any gaps in provision, seek to remove duplication of effort and recognise the good work already taking place to help people.

The day will feature a small number of presentations but will primarily feature breakout workshops covering topics such as low income, accessing work, child poverty, housing, older people and health where the focus will be very much on how we can make more of a difference for people.

Councillor Karen Lee, Chair of the Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee at the city council, said: “Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee has been working hard since last summer to review the impact of poverty on people’s daily lives in the city.

“I am overwhelmed by all the hard work being undertaken by a whole host of agencies in both the public and voluntary sectors to help vulnerable people in need.

“What the committee has learnt is that poverty is not just restricted to those people who have to survive on benefits alone, an incredible challenge itself.

“Poverty also affects people who are in work as well and are maybe being paid minimum wage or not working sufficient hours to earn a decent wage. In many cases this means families are having to go without and with one in four children in the city living in poverty, this has to be a wake up call for us all.

“I am enthused by the response we have had from partners in the review to date. The Lincoln Poverty Conference is an opportunity for us to come together, and decide how to collectively tackle some of the most terrible effects of poverty locally on people – be it poor housing, high debt, poor diet, or poor mental and physical health.

“It is vital that there isn’t duplication and wastage of effort – the event is all about maximising all this effort to help people who are every day facing a huge financial struggle.”

There will be live Tweets throughout the conference on the council’s Twitter feed. To join in the debate, follow @lincolncouncil or #LincolnPC14.