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Local Poverty: Reality and Response


Over 150 people attended the Local Poverty: Reality and Response Summit on the 10th June 2014 to discuss the realities of poverty in the local area and commit to action to address this. Representatives from local authorities, community and faith groups as well as residents and businesses attended a series of workshops designed to help everyone work together to address issues caused by living in poverty.

The summit featured keynote speeches from Tom Papworth, Associate Director for Economic Policy from CentreForum, and Richard Bristow, Chief Executive Officer of Poole’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Their presentations gave both national and local perspectives on the realities of poverty - one in five people in the UK are classed as living in poverty, whilst on a local level close to 10,000 children in Bournemouth and Poole are living in deprivation.

Delegates also attended a choice of workshops, looking at topics including food banks, fuel costs, homelessness and the impact poverty can have on health and wellbeing. These workshops resulted in a number of commitments being made, with organisations pledging to work in partnership to put these commitments into practice.

Key documents related to this event are posted on the right hand side of this page.  They are the:

  • summit report
  • speaker's presentations
  • key commitments from each workshop
  • pledges offers and other resources
  • directory of local food banks