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Please help Swansea Council tackle poverty

Swansea Council reiterated its pledge to tackle poverty this week.


And - as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was marked across the world - the council urged people from across the city to help.

Alyson Pugh, the council's cabinet member for better communities (people), said: "We're committed to tackling poverty - it impacts on people, families and communities across Swansea.

"However, we can't do this alone. Tackling poverty is everybody's responsibility and we work with a wide range of organisations to make a positive difference."

Initiatives include Swansea Working. This helps people access employment opportunities and helps overcome barriers related to housing, money and skills.  To speak to a member of staff phone 01792 578632 Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm or email

Swansea's Lifelong Learning Service provides accessible learning opportunities supporting people to improve skills and gain accreditation as well as reducing social isolation.  A wide range of courses are available from essential skills such as numeracy, literacy and digital, through to guitar, languages and photography.  For information phone 01792 637101 Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm.

Working parents of Swansea children aged three and four have access to funded, flexible childcare during term time and for 30 hours of childcare for nine holiday weeks.

The council's Tackling Poverty Strategy also sees the council and partner organisations support a range of initiatives to tackle issues such as holiday hunger, high interest lending, entitlements, tenancies, wellbeing and life chances.

Cllr Pugh said: "I urge people across the city to understand some of the initiatives we're involved in, to spread the word and to make use of them."


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