Poverty in Sheffield Today - Finding a Way Forward

Living in poverty remains a reality for many people in Sheffield. The reasons for this are many and varied. But the results can be devastating for the families and individuals who find themselves without key essentials such as food, clothing, heating and adequate shelter, as they enter the winter months.  As the 2015 Election approaches, it is important to consider how the more vulnerable in our society should be treated 

A public meeting has therefore been organised by Sheffield’s Branch of Church Action on Poverty, the People’s Assembly for Sheffield and Sheffield Equality Group that aims to find ways of reducing poverty in the city. Everyone concerned about poverty in Sheffield is invited to come.

The public meeting will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014 from 10.00am to 12.30pm in the Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield.

 It will include an opening talk by the Bishop of Sheffield, followed by:

  • The first public presentation of the challenging results of a recent LISTEN UP interviews survey with local people in poverty in Sheffield;
  • A  presentation on “The impact of benefit sanctions”, drawing on a recent report by Sheffield Citizens’ Advice Bureau;
  • A talk on “Food banks: why we have them and how to dispense with them”;
  • A presentation on “Progress with Sheffield Fairness Commission recommendations” by Professor Alan Walker, Commission Chair.
  • An opportunity for those attending to ask questions, put forward ideas, and help shape the way forward.

The organisers hope as many people as possible will attend and participate.

 

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