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Tackling food and fuel poverty among our most vulnerable residents was the focus of the second Tackling Poverty in Gateshead conference.

A packed hall heard heartbreaking stories of children going to school hungry and working parents choosing between heating and eating that are taking place in Gateshead today.

Gateshead Council has pledged to put people and families at the heart of everything we do and to tackle inequality so everyone has a fair chance.

Deputy Council Leader and Chair of Gateshead Tackling Poverty Board, Cllr Catherine Donovan, used her opening address to reflect on the increase in poverty in recent years:

"There always used to be a safety net, support and financial benefits but this has suddenly changed beyond what we could have imagined. When councillors are going out in their communities what we are hearing is that parents, most of whom are in work, cannot afford to feed their children; parents are having to skip meals or choosing between heating and eating - I've never seen it as bad as this, but I am determined we will solve this."

The annual conference allows the Council and its partners to highlight the positive impacts that have been made over the last year and gives organisations, charities, businesses and community groups in Gateshead the opportunity to share ideas and commit to working together for the benefit of residents.

There were keynote speeches from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, National Energy Action, Northumbrian Water and Greggs Foundation about the work ongoing to alleviate fuel and food poverty.

Cllr Donovan added: "We are immensely proud of the work going on in our communities to support those people who need that extra help to lift them up and seek to resolve the issues that are stopping them from thriving.

 "We are changing people's lives throughout Gateshead and it was great to see even more partners than last year involved at this year's conference who are committed to supporting residents who are struggling."

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18 July 2019

Tackling food and fuel poverty among our most vulnerable residents was the focus of the second Tackling Poverty in Gateshead conference.

A packed hall heard heartbreaking stories of children going to school hungry and working parents choosing between heating and eating that are taking place in Gateshead today.

Gateshead Council has pledged to put people and families at the heart of everything we do and to tackle inequality so everyone has a fair chance.

Deputy Council Leader and Chair of Gateshead Tackling Poverty Board, Cllr Catherine Donovan, used her opening address to reflect on the increase in poverty in recent years:

"There always used to be a safety net, support and financial benefits but this has suddenly changed beyond what we could have imagined. When councillors are going out in their communities what we are hearing is that parents, most of whom are in work, cannot afford to feed their children; parents are having to skip meals or choosing between heating and eating - I've never seen it as bad as this, but I am determined we will solve this."

The annual conference allows the Council and its partners to highlight the positive impacts that have been made over the last year and gives organisations, charities, businesses and community groups in Gateshead the opportunity to share ideas and commit to working together for the benefit of residents.

There were keynote speeches from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, National Energy Action, Northumbrian Water and Greggs Foundation about the work ongoing to alleviate fuel and food poverty.

Cllr Donovan added: "We are immensely proud of the work going on in our communities to support those people who need that extra help to lift them up and seek to resolve the issues that are stopping them from thriving.

 "We are changing people's lives throughout Gateshead and it was great to see even more partners than last year involved at this year's conference who are committed to supporting residents who are struggling."

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