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Tackling poverty – a citywide action plan

By on May 24, 2013

An anti-poverty strategy has been launched by the city council with a number of organisations and individuals now working together on Glasgow’s Poverty Leadership Panel.

The panel have identified six key areas – Attitudes to Poverty, Child Poverty, Credit and Debt, Welfare Reform, Work and Worth and Direct Involvement of People – with the aim of setting goals and introducing practical measures  to achieve them.

Councillor Matheson, leader of the city council and the panel’s co-chair, said: “We have to face the fact that there are unacceptable levels of poverty and inequality in Glasgow and we won’t get anywhere by failing to acknowledge this. Poverty affects so much of what the city tries to achieve, whether that is to do with health, housing, employment or education.

“We now have a basic vision where acting immediately can help us towards significantly reducing poverty and social exclusion in Glasgow over the next decade. The Panel and the action plan can provide leadership for the city on the issue of poverty. We hope this acts as a catalyst for organisations, communities and individuals to play their part in addressing poverty and its consequences for the city.”

Ghazala Hakeem, a community activist in Govanhill, is also co-chair. She said: “It is imperative that those who are affected by poverty are part of the process and they must be heard.”

Also on the panel are Partick councillor Aileen Colleran, the council’s Executive Member for Communities; Councillor Matt Kerr, Executive Member for Social Care, Jean Forrester and Blair Green of the Poverty Truth Commission; Tressa Burke, Kirsty Birkner and Steven Andrew of Glasgow Disability Alliance; Peter Kelly and Paul Mulgrew of Poverty Alliance; Rev Dr Martin Johnstone of Third Sector Forum; Colin Borland of Federation of Small Business; Duncan Wilson of the Scottish Human Rights Commission; Ailsa McKay, Professor of Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University; Martin Armstrong, Chief Executive, Glasgow Housing Association; Carol Tannahill, Director of Glasgow Centre for Population Health; Linda De Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Jim McCormick of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Jonathon Squire of the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre; Fraser Falconer of Children in Need Scotland.

There will also be senior officer representation from council departments Financial Services, Development and Regeneration Services and Democratic Services.

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