Helping people maximise their income
Helping with the cost of raising a child
Making the move into work easier
The Lincoln Against Poverty Conference 2014, the first of its kind, was attended by more than 100 people representing charities, voluntary organisations, schools and councils.
The event, organised by City of Lincoln Council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, looked at the issue of poverty and its significant effects on the lives of people in the city, after it was found that one in four children live in poverty and one in five households are estimated to be in fuel poverty.
The problems faced by families every day has led to an unprecedented demand on services, such as food banks and financial advice.
The aim of the event, which took place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, was to focus on how, by working together, the council and partners can approach the issue of poverty in a fresh way. The conference was the culmination of nine months work by the committee examining all aspects of poverty as it impacts people in the city.
The conference marks the start of the next part of the process. Work arising from the conference over the next few weeks will involve working very closely with individual partners to create an action plan that will address any gaps in provision, remove duplication of effort between partners, and try some new approaches that will make a difference. This work is not about large, high profile, expensive initiatives centred on growing the city over the longer term – this is happening through the separate but joined work on a Growth Strategy for the city. The work on the poverty strategy is about developing new approaches together to incrementally alleviate the impact of poverty for people today.
A number of breakout workshops took place at the conference, covering topics such as low income, accessing work, child poverty, housing, older people and health with the focus on how we can make a difference for people.