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Help inform how the council tackles poverty across Swansea

More affordable housing, better job opportunities and prioritising accessible public transport for residents in the city's most disadvantaged communities are among the ways Swansea Council is looking to tackle poverty in coming years.

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These are among the proposals set out in revised tackling poverty and prevention strategies that the council is now seeking feedback on.

Out for consultation until Friday October 6, these draft strategies, once approved, will form the basis of council policy until 2020.

Other features of the draft strategies include more support for young parents, delivering the Welsh Government's extended childcare pilot project, working with charities and other partners to open up more volunteering placements, and maximising training and employment opportunities through the council-wide apprentice and trainee strategy for young people, targeting those in greatest need.

Cllr Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: "Like all cities across the UK, there are too many people in Swansea who are impacted by poverty - whether it's because they don't have enough money, struggle to access important services or feel excluded from decision-making about the things that affect them.

"But as a council, tackling poverty and preventing poverty in the first place is one of our top priorities. We want to make Swansea a place where poverty doesn't stop people from doing well at school, being healthy, getting qualifications and having a job they enjoy.

"This is why, building on some of the great work that's already taking place, we've put a draft action plan together to further help people of all ages who are at risk of poverty or experiencing poverty in Swansea.

"But we're looking for as many views as possible to help inform these strategies before they're adopted, so I'd encourage people to have a look and submit feedback by Friday October 6."

Also being proposed are better, more personalised and joined-up services between the council and its partners in the public, private and third sectors.

Other future work could include working in partnership to continue to improve speech and language services for young children, and helping people know what health services are available and how they can use them.

Cllr Evans said: "With the city centre's forthcoming regeneration and major City Deal projects in the pipeline for Swansea, there's a great opportunity to ensure as many local people as possible benefit during the construction phase from apprenticeship and training positions. This will build on schemes like our Beyond Bricks and Mortar project, putting more money in people's pockets and helping tackle poverty.

"The first new council homes in a generation are also now under construction in Penderry, paving the way for other energy-efficient properties of this kind in future which will help people cut down on their fuel bills."

Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/tacklingpovertystrategy to give your feedback online.

Hard copies of the strategy documents and questionnaires, including 'easy read' versions, are also available at all Swansea libraries. Anyone with queries is asked to call 01792 637410. 


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