The Centre for Public Scrutiny has awarded the City of Lincoln Council with two awards for its efforts to reduce the effects of poverty in the city.
The awards come after the council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee held a two year review into the levels of poverty in the city. It found that one in four children in Lincoln are living in poverty, one in seven homes are in fuel poverty, and the city has some of the most deprived areas in the country.
Councillor Karen Lee, chair of the Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee, said: “We are thrilled to win these awards after coming runner-up last year. It’s testament to the dedication and determination of not only the council but the partners who have joined together and helped to tackle the issue of poverty in Lincoln.”
Jacqui McKinlay, Executive Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny, said:“We are delighted for City of Lincoln Council and all the other winners; they are excellent examples of how good scrutiny leads to better public services.
She added: “The City of Lincoln winning entry ‘Lincoln against Poverty’ impressed on all fronts: their focus on an issue of real importance to residents, their creative approach to working with others and the commitment of the councillors in leading the work.”
The council has now put in place a two year plan to improve the situation. This includes a campaign to get employers in the city to pay the ‘Living Wage’.
You can find out more about the two year plan by visiting the Lincoln Against Poverty Website.