September 2017: News From The Mayor

August 24 2017

You may have seen advertised a Rally for Bristol I am holding on September 9 on College Green, Bristol, working with trade unions, the People’s Assembly and other organisations.

Get involved - and help us tackle food poverty in city

You may have seen advertised a Rally for Bristol I am holding on September 9 on College Green, Bristol, working with trade unions, the People’s Assembly and other organisations. 

This is aimed at promoting the need for greater investment in cities, as they are at breaking point when it comes to adult and children’s social care and council-provided services. I hope that you will be able to attend.

As a group of core cities, representing the biggest economic drivers outside of London, we are also presenting a ‘green paper’ to the Government calling for more investment and more powers. We don’t just want to campaign for more money for services, we need funds and powers to grow an inclusive economy with more housing – including affordable homes – sustainable diverse jobs and a transport system that provides connectivity.    

Elsewhere, I am pleased that we were able to host a recent Feed Bristol event with businesses and partners at City Hall to look at tackling food poverty within the city.  

Food poverty is defined as the inability to afford a healthy balanced diet which is strongly associated with people on a low income. Shockingly, more than 25 per cent of children in Bristol are classed as living in poverty; it’s a statistic that highlights the scale of the problem we are dealing with. If we want to tackle it we will need the help of organisations from around the city.  

Poor nutrition in early years undermines people’s health and their academic and skills development. This affects the young people we rely upon for a healthy economy. With food prices on the rise and the wages frozen and reducing in real terms, this problem is one that is only set to get worse.  

I was glad to hear at the Feed Bristol event that many practical conversations are already taking place and I hope this momentum continues to start improving the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people.  

If you are a local business who thinks you can help, I encourage you to keep an eye out for other events and get involved.