Councillors put child poverty and dementia under the microscope

Efforts to tackle child poverty in Malvern Hills District and deal with dementia will be on the agenda at a meeting later this month.

Residents are being invited to attend the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee where representatives from Action for Children will be questioned on their efforts to reduce child poverty in the district.

According to official figures some 1,630 children are living in poverty in Malvern Hills District. Research shows it can result in them becoming unhealthy adults in later life and even early death.

Councillors will also be hearing from the Malvern Dementia Alliance about work taking place to improve services and attitudes and make the area a better, fairer community for people living with the condition.

The district’s draft health and well-being plan, which sets out how the council will support efforts to help residents live healthier, longer, better quality lives by 2021, will also be scrutinised. Councillors will have the chance to ask questions and make suggestions to the decision-making Executive Committee before the plan is adopted.

Cllr Hannah Campbell, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “These are some vitally important issues we will be discussing and it’s our chance as councillors to ensure we are doing everything we can as a council to tackle them.

“It’s also an opportunity for the public to find out more about how we’re responding to the big health challenges our society faces and I’d urge anyone interested to turn up and hear the debate for themselves.”

The meeting takes place in the Council Chamber off Avenue Road in Malvern on Tuesday 17 May from 6.30pm. Anyone wanting to attend is welcome to turn up on the day.