Today, Coventry City Council and Partners from across the city came together to hold a Poverty Summit to show how it is tackling and will continue to tackle poverty in the city.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot – Director of the Institute of Health Equality, University College of London was welcomed to the summit, along with Senior Fellow – Public Health and inequalities at The Kings Fund, David Buck.
Both Sir Michael Marmot and David Buck delivered very engaging and thought-provoking lectures. Various other VIP speakers were in attendance where each provided us with an informative and interesting lecture on the impact of poverty in a Marmot city.
Councillor Kamran Caan opened the event alongside Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Liz Gaulton, with Councillor George Duggins later introducing the summit.
Throughout the event, we also heard from members of the Marmot Steering Group who spoke about Coventry's achievements and challenges so far. We also welcomed partners from organisations such as Positive Youth Foundation and Coventry University to speak about what they are currently doing.
The event was highly successful and gave a great opportunity to reflect on what Coventry has achieved as a Marmot City so far and how we can alleviate the harm of poverty.
We heard from several key people throughout the summit on why tackling poverty is important for Coventry and our organisation, what difference tackling poverty could make to health inequalities and why a system wide approach is important when tackling poverty across a local authority.
A video is currently being produced to highlight our Poverty Summit, where you'll be able to get more of an understanding on Coventry as a Marmot City. In the meantime, you can read up more about Coventry: a Marmot City.