Tackling Poverty in Sandwell
Sandwell MBC has one of the highest levels of deprivation among local authorities in England (12th out of 326, Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010).
The aspects of poverty which are highlighted in the Index include income, educational achievement, housing, health, jobs and environmental issues. They have a greater effect on children, older people, those with disabilities or those who are out of work, as well as people from ethnic minorities.
There are also communities in the borough, which experience more pressure from the effects of poverty than others.
Sandwell’s Anti Poverty Strategy is designed to help residents who are most in need, especially children and young people, vulnerable groups, and those affected by the recent economic downturn.
Through all our services, work with other agencies, business and voluntary organisations, we are making sure we have services in place which:
- Help residents maximise their income
- Provide education and training which help people to get and keep work and to support businesses
- Develop local services in ways which support the local economy
- Improve neighbourhoods and local support networks
- Provide services and facilities open and useful to all sections of the community
For data, information and intelligence on Poverty and Child Poverty in Sandwell please contact
Senior Research Officer
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Tel: 0121 569 3012