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Poverty work takes runner-up spot

Posted on 12th June, 2014 by Lincoln Against Poverty

The work taking place in the city aimed at helping people who are struggling financially has been given national recognition.

The Poverty in Lincoln project, led by City of Lincoln Council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, has been announced as runner-up in the Scrutineers’ Choice Award at the Centre for Public Scrutiny Awards, which were created to celebrate the impact and effectiveness of public scrutiny and accountability in public services.

The project, which has seen a comprehensive review by the city council’s scrutiny Committee, a conference attended by more than 120 delegates, a strategy put in place and an action plan created, also finished in the final four in the Influence Beyond Boundaries and Economic Resilience categories.

Councillor Karen Lee, chair of the committee, said: “We are so pleased to have been shortlisted for not only one, but two themes.

“To also receive votes on the day from our peers reach runner up position for the Scrutineers’ Choice Award, and receive national recognition for the work we, and our partners have been doing, is a great honour.

“It really is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone involved, and I thank them all for their efforts.”

The 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.

The Anti-Poverty Strategy aims to raise public awareness of the scale of the problem, identify gaps in provision and make collective resources go further. It also works with partners to remove any stigma attached with accessing help.

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.