Yesterday, a report was unveiled to invest a further £100,000 in the Labour run City Council’s Sharing Prosperity Fund to help tackle inequality and deprivation across Cambridge. The report will be considered by councillors at the next meeting of the Strategy & Resources Committee on Monday 9th October. The Anti-Poverty Strategy will working alongside new ways of delivering services, increasing income generation through property investment and plans to deliver hundreds of new council homes.
Councillor Robertson, the City’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said, “The harsh austerity agenda of successive governments since 2010 has threatened public services, and cut the real wages of middle and low income households, causing a significant widening of the gap between rich and poor, and this is especially marked in Cambridge.”
A recent Centre for Cities report identified Cambridge as having the greatest inequality of any city in the UK in 2017. The Labour run City Council is dedicated to helping the children, families and individuals who face the greatest need in Cambridge. in the last year, the Sharing Prosperity Fund has invested over £350,000 in projects which make a real difference to the lives of low income residents, and the delivery of 500 new council homes in Cambridge is a top priority with progress being made.
Councillor Robertson says, “The poorest in our city need direct help and support to level the playing field and give them a chance to be a part of our world renowned City’s growth and success.”