Council poised to declare state of ‘poverty emergency’
- Credit: Karen Davis
Norwich City Council is poised to become one of the first in the country to declare a state of “poverty emergency”.
On Tuesday, a motion tabled by Labour’s Karen Davis will ask the council to formally recognise the economic climate brought on by global recession and the Covid-19 pandemic as an emergency - and make magnify efforts to combat it.
Ms Davis, who is cabinet member for social inclusion, said: “This motion, in declaring a poverty emergency, is just one of our responses to the horror of soaring, absolute poverty which is blighting our city.
“It also highlights the shameful indignity residents face from a harsh and deliberately failing social security system.
“We need to shine a spotlight on this crisis and make it not only the continued priority it deserves from this council but most importantly from government itself.”
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The motion will be debated by the full council on Tuesday evening.
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