SALFORD ANTI-POVERTY STRATEGY: NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

Overcoming poverty isn’t a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.

The City of Salford launched its Anti-Poverty Strategy last week and you can now read a copy at https://www.salford.gov.uk/media/390018/anti_poverty_strat_2017.pdf

We felt it was important to report on the launch and have a link to the report as so many carers, of all ages find themselves truly stuck in the poverty trap.

Many are unable to work full time, restricted to a life of caring &, if possible, some part time work. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Salford young people growing up as carers, often with only the benefits of the “cared for” to live on & budget with. No dreams, no aspirations and no expectations.

Carers hit by not only the stark reality of economic poverty, but facing fuel poverty, food poverty and the poverty of opportunity. Opportunities removed from them because they are carers with no opportunity to access.

For these reasons it is important we support one of our main partners in the launch of this strategy, and hope that by working together we can begin to tackle the issues and make Salford a better place for its citizens, a better place for its carers, in fact a carer friendly city. 

The strategy’s launch was hosted by Councillor Paula Boshell and speakers included Niall Cooper and Mike Kelly and Jayne Gosnall (Salford Poverty Truth Commission), Jen Pemberton (Antz Network), Mike Hawking (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and our Salford Youth Mayor, Lewis Nelson. 

Andy Burnham MP also attended and provided a much welcomed perspective on how we collaborate to tackle the scourge of poverty in the 21st century.

 In developing the strategy Salford has been listening to its residents experiences of poverty within the city, and this has been harrowing and deeply concerning and has made people more determined than ever to do all they possibly can to tackle poverty in Salford.  

To end with remember the words of Nelson Mandela in 2005:

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

“And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity.  It is an act of justice.  It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”