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Anti-Poverty in Sandwell - Overview

Tackling Poverty in Sandwell

Sandwell MBC has one of the highest levels of deprivation among local authorities in England (13th out of 326, Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015). It is also in the worst quartile (25%) of unitary authorities in England in terms of child poverty (ranked 24th out of 152 local authorities according to the Child Poverty Statistics August 2011).

Welfare Reform changes, the impact of economic recession and ongoing cuts to public spending continue to hit Sandwell families hard.

To account for the scale and pace of change that Sandwell is experiencing, we will soon re-launch our approach to anti-poverty.

A workshop was held on 6 February 2014 bringing together key people in Sandwell who contribute to anti-poverty measures. Delegates identified suggested actions and we are now working with partners to develop an anti-poverty action plan.

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Sandwell Anti-Poverty Action Plan


Please find below the working copy of Sandwell's Anti-Poverty Action Plan 2014-15. This document has been drafted with contributions from partner organisations.


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Sandwell's Anti-Poverty Action Plan 2014-2015 v3 (working copy)

Core Activity

Financial Capability

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Anti-Poverty Financial Capability


Financial Capability - Outcomes Tree


Food Poverty

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Food Poverty Topic Page

Including - The Affordable Recipes Booklet


Sandwell MBC has a vitally important role to play in improving the availability of healthy and sustainable food for its residents. This report identifies strategies that enable communities to develop community food initiatives that are not reliant on additional local authority funding. The strategies encourage collaboration between different Council departments, as well as with other local stakeholders to make the best use of resources and local assets and to extend good food activity across the six towns of Sandwell.


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Sandwell Food Systems Planning - A Map for the Future

Background Intelligence

 Deprivation in Sandwell

The English Indices of Deprivation are the Government's official measure of multiple deprivation factors for local authorities in England.

Please click on the links below for further informtion on deprivation in the borough:

Deprivation Information

Deprivation - Topic Page

Indices of Deprivation 2015 - Summary

Briefing Note 14 Indices of Deprivation 2015

Additional Documents

Indices of Deprivation 2015 - CLG Guidance 

Anti-Poverty Events

Research Sandwell - Local Intelligence and Consultation