Wokingham Borough Council is working to understand poverty and its impact across the borough. The council is asking residents to share their experiences of financial hardship to help inform how the council tackles poverty by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by taking a short online survey.
Wokingham borough often appears on lists of the healthiest and wealthiest places to live in the country. While this is true, we do still have people living in poverty among us. And the Covid-19 pandemic has made things more difficult for many of our residents.
Existing inequality relating to wages, employment, health, gender, ethnicity, education and social isolation have all been exacerbated by the crisis, with disproportionate impacts on those who already face disadvantages. We are also seeing an increase in people facing employment and financial insecurity for the first time, either due to job losses or furlough.
Earlier this year, the council committed to better understand the causes of poverty in the borough to prevent it before it happens and help people out of poverty when they are already there.
The council is working closely with residents and partners in the voluntary sector to define poverty in the borough and create a plan to tackle the issues and bring about sustainable long-term change.
Leader of the council John Halsall said: “We know that Covid-19 has hit people financially. We want to understand this impact in more detail and are asking anybody affected to share their experiences. We have a very short online survey on our consultations page and those taking part will have the choice to be contacted to give more details if they wish.
“The information provided will be incredibly useful for us as we plan services to tackle poverty and help communities. All information provided will be kept confidential and anonymised. Together, we will tackle poverty in Wokingham borough.