The Committee considered the report and
findings of the Child Poverty Task and Finish Group. The Head of
Strategic Housing introduced the report and explained the
background to the Group, the work which the Group had undertaken
its findings and its recommendations.
The Chairman of the Group, Councillor Biggs,
was unable to attend the meeting and had sent her apologies. In her
absence, Councillor Griffiths spoke on behalf of the Group and
thanked all who had taken part. In addition to proposing that the
findings and recommendations be adopted, she proposed that the
Group should continue its work into the new Municipal year. She
emphasised the importance of assessing the impact of the Covid-19
pandemic on Child Poverty locally.
The Corporate Director – Homes and
Resources advised that that the Group had completed its work and
delivery of the recommendations would now fall to Officers. He
proposed that periodic updates be provided to the Committee on
implementation of the recommendations.
There was a subsequent debate about the way
forward. A number of suggestions were made including having a
standing item on the agenda on this
topic for each meeting, receiving reports from the multi-agency
Worcester City Child Food Poverty Group, or resuming the Group as a
standing sub-group of this Committee. The comment was also made
that the value of continuing the Group needs to be clearly
In conclusion, the Chairman proposed that
there should be a report on the way forward from Officers to the
May meeting, and Members agreed to proceed on this basis.
The Committee proceeded to debate the findings
and recommendations. It was clarified that the Group’s
recommendations, which were set out within the Task and Finish
Group’s Report, were as follows:
A. To formally request the Health and Wellbeing
Board to undertake a food poverty Joint Strategic Needs Assessments
with a focus on children.
B. To support the Foodbank in finding a new
location and the dispersed approach so that it can operate to its
C. To review the relationship of Worcester
Discretionary Welfare Assistance Scheme with food poverty along
with other similar schemes being delivered by partners across the
D. To consider if any suitable council land and/or
allotment space can be used e.g. for community vegetable patches to
help address food poverty etc.
E. The City Council work in partnership with
the Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Board to address the health
inequalities resulting from child poverty.
F. To work in partnership with the Health and
Wellbeing Board to complete a food poverty Joint Strategic Needs
Assessments with a focus on children.
G. A local multi agency Worcester City Child Food
Poverty Group to be set up to monitor the situation post Covid 19
and co-ordinate the delivery of support to tackle food poverty in
H. A budget of £50,000 to support the delivery
of the above.
It was also clarified that item H - the budget
of £50,000 - had been approved at the Council meeting on
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