Manchester residents are being asked for their views on the Council's refreshed Anti-Poverty strategy to make sure that it works for the whole city.
With poverty remaining a significant problem across the city, the reworked strategy takes account of the impacts of the health and economic challenges which highlight and exacerbate poverty and considers every household, not just those with children.
The council has already consulted with organisations and residents citywide, and their input has helped to shape the new priorities that will help to tackle poverty over the next five years.
The strategy outlines how councils and partners can take action to prevent residents experiencing poverty, how they can help to make life easier for people experiencing poverty as well as helping people get out of poverty by ensuring that they have support to work and the chance to connect with good job opportunities.
The strategy sets out the ways in which the council will help people through four key themes:
Preventing Poverty - identifying residents at risk and connecting them to support, helping residents to manage their household expenditure and reduce debt, and avoid taking action that will push residents into debt.
Mitigating poverty - ensuring people have access to good advice, access to food, warmth and shelter, as well as access to culture and leisure opportunities to ensure people have a good quality of life.
Pathways out of poverty -tailoring support and services for people ensuring they get the help and financial support they're entitled to as well as increasing good quality employment opportunities.
Inclusive and effective delivery - making sure that people who have experienced poverty have a voice in this area and working to increase funding opportunities for voluntary and community organisations working to alleviate poverty and using data to tailor support to the communities that need it most.
Councillor Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said:
"We are living in challenging economic times, and no-one is immune from the current squeeze on finances particularly with the rising costs of food and energy bills. Poverty is a complex issue and is driven by many factors including the impact of decisions made by national government. We are determined to do all that we can locally to support people through difficult times. With that in mind we have spoken to partners, organisations and residents to help us develop our plans to tackle poverty, as well as ensuring that residents have the opportunities to improve their life chances to move out of poverty through better paid employment.
We have outlined the priorities that we feel will take the city in the right direction over the coming years, but we would like to hear from as many residents as possible to ensure that they feel these are the right plans to both alleviate and tackle poverty in the city.”
The consultation begins on 28 November and runs until 11 December 2022 and can be found at https://surveys.manchester.gov.uk/s/antipoverty/