Poverty in Canterbury Today: a major report
On 3rd April the Canterbury Society hosted the launch of a major report on Poverty in Canterbury. The Report, Poverty in Canterbury Today, was instigated by the Canterbury Branch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Forum and the research was carried out by Professor Jan Pahl CBE and Martin Vye, assisted by Tim Carlyle, Dawn Ryder and Jane Webb.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of seventeen interlinked objectives designed to serve as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Priority number one is The Elimination of Poverty because it is recognised that Poverty is the biggest cause of suffering world wide.
To many people poverty is something that exists in Africa and other far away places but this is not the case. Poverty also exists here in Canterbury. It’s very real and present but it’s not often discussed and the solutions are difficult to implement.
This important report makes eighteen recommendations for Local Government, Central Government and for charities and voluntary organisations who are active in the field.