To consider a report from the Executive Member for Housing and Advice.
1) That the Poverty Strategy refresh which embeds the Poverty Truth Commission recommendations be approved.
2) The Executive noted that a further update will be provided on the Trafford Poverty Strategy 2023-25.
The Executive Member for Housing and Advice introduced the report and spoke about how proud he was to take on the strategy as part of his portfolio and spoke of the impact of poverty and how the Council was committed to address the causes of poverty in the borough. The original strategy was a two-year strategy and informed the Committee of some of the work that had been done over those two years, which had fed into the development of the updated strategy. The Executive Member for Housing and Advice concluded his introduction by thanking officers for their hard work and stating the recommendations the Committee were being asked to approve.
The Leader welcomed the report before opening the floor to Members of the Executive.
The Executive Member for Finance, Change and Governance, the Executive Member for Children’s Services, and the Executive Member the Executive Member for Highways, Environmental and Traded Services all welcomed the report and the updated strategy. Each of the Executive Members recognised the impact of poverty and spoke of the importance of tackling poverty and homelessness to improve residents lives and maximise the opportunity’s they had, especially children and young people growing up in poverty.
The Leader then opened the floor to the other Members in attendance.
Members of all three opposition parties welcomed the report and the Council’s continued commitment to tackling poverty in the area. Questions were raised around the Council’s plans to tackle isolation and the funding of local hubs within Trafford. The Executive Member for Housing and Advice and the Leader provided responses detailing the Council’s plans to improve transport networks across the borough and the hopes for continued funding from central government for local hubs.
Following the discussions, the Leader noted the additions that had been made to the strategy as part of the update before moving the recommendations of the report, which were approved.
1) That the report be noted.
2) That the Poverty Strategy refresh which embeds the Poverty Truth Commission recommendations be approved.
3) The Executive noted that a further update will be provided on the Trafford Poverty Strategy 2023-25.