Council poised to declare state of ‘poverty emergency’

City councillor Karen Davis, working at the NR2 foodbank. Picture: Karen Davis

City councillor Karen Davis, working at the NR2 foodbank. Picture: Karen Davis - 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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