Tackling poverty strategy

Members of VCSE groups will discuss the roadmap for reducing Salford’s most pressing economic issues.

This Thursday, November 11th, SalfordCVS will host an online meeting with other local community groups to discuss options for reducing poverty in Salford.

It is due to take place 10am-12pm.

Members of voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) groups have been invited to join the forum to directly influence the change that they want to see in their community.

The SalfordCVS webpage about the event states:

“The Tackling Poverty Strategy outlines the vision to make Salford a fairer and more inclusive place, where everyone can reach their full potential and have fulfilling lives free from poverty and inequality.

“As voluntary organisations, community groups, and social enterprises supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents, this is your opportunity to influence the priorities in the action plan.”

A study by Greater Manchester Poverty Action in 2020 revealed just how severe poverty is in Salford. The Covid-19 pandemic put hard stress on the economy which resulted in a lot of people losing jobs and falling into poverty.

The study found that 34.1% of children were in a household with an income below the poverty line.

It also found that just under 28,000 residents were claiming housing benefits. This equates to around 11% of the population at the time.

It is clear that action needs to be taken. The Tackling Poverty Strategy forum facilitates the first steps to reducing the economic issues in Salford.

One association, the Salford Skills and Work Board will prioritise skills development, unemployment, financial inclusion and making Salford a living wage city.

There are two other groups that will focus on poverty and making Salford’s economy more inclusive.

A report detailing the plan that is decided will be written following the event.

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