Councillor Barnett proposed a motion, as set out in the
resolution below, which was seconded by Councillor
Councillors debated the motion.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that the
Council do accept the motion as set out below:
Recent evidence shows that poverty in Hastings has worsened
significantly in the last few years. More adults live in poverty,
more children live in poverty, and those that do so are likely to
die even sooner, at all age groups. Especially shocking is that
infant mortality has increased for the first time in 60 years, so
poorer parents are now more likely to see their new baby die before
that baby is one year old.
those in poverty, the early role out of Universal Credit has led to
further disadvantage, with many denied previous benefits or forced
to abandon training and higher education. The recent United Nations
report concludes that austerity policies have clearly contributed
to this growth in poverty and deprivation.
Demand for temporary accommodation has increased dramatically as
housing becomes increasingly unaffordable.
Child Poverty rate for Hastings is now 38%, by far the highest in
the South East.
Many children are not attending school regularly, and are
increasingly obese by the age of 11.
increasing attractiveness of Hastings as a place to move to, with a
buoyant creative economy, cuts little ice with those who see their
standard of living falling further and further behind the better
Rather, they see many support services failing to provide
adequate support, with schools, GP's and other health services,
voluntary sector groups and the local authorities all struggling
with increased demand and reduced budgets.
This council is determined to address poverty in whatever ways
are possible, and agrees to:
• Press government for an end to short term funding through
competitive grants (ie Homelessness
provision) and other initiatives, such as Hastings Opportunity
Area, and a return to adequate longterm
support based on local needs.
• Ask the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider the
impact of the anti-poverty strategy 2016-21 and for it to undertake
to monitor key indicators of poverty on a regular basis.
• Call for a community conference to consider how best to
tackle poverty in the next anti-poverty strategy, and to consider
making this strategy a longer term (10 year) one to encourage
partners to plan joint action more strategically.
• The council is already committed to fund and support
voluntary sector advice and support agencies (HARC, CAB and Credit
Union) for 2020/21, but we'll do all we can to protect funding to
commission effective advice and support services in future
• Sign up to become affiliated to the Child Poverty Action
• Support and encourage others to support the day of action
on child poverty in Hastings on August 1st, led by Unite the
Community and other local voluntary organisations.