An anti-poverty plan is set to be developed with key stakeholders with Councillors discussing a report about food justice and tackling poverty at Southend-on-Sea Borough Cabinet next week.
The proposed plan is one of several recommendations made in the report about tackling poverty in Southend and the rising number of people relying on additional services as the Borough recovers from Covid.
The number of people relying on food banks in the UK increased by 33% in 2020/21 according to the Trussell Trust and in Southend, a financial wellbeing survey put out by the benefits and commissioning team in early 2020, found over 50% of the 270 respondents said they struggled to provide food, clothing and basic essentials for their families.
The report outlines the work which has been started by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to tackle some of the issues relating to poverty, such as there was a motion for a Food Justice Champion and plans to maximise the impact of food initiatives via the Food Alliance, to help supply and demand for services.
There has also been the introduction of 'Call Before You Serve' to help landlords and to help tenants avoid homelessness, and selective Licencing for landlords will help improve housing conditions in four of the Borough's wards.