A new strategy to tackle hardship in Ceredigion has been approved.

The Tackling Hardship Strategy was approved during a Ceredigion County Council Cabinet meeting which was held via Zoom on Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

The Tackling Hardship Strategy was introduced as the County Council’s Anti-poverty Strategy expires this year.

The strategy is timely given the potential effects of the coronavirus crisis on the county's residents, for example the impact on people's social and economic well-being, as well as an increased risk of individuals and families who could experience hardship.

The aim of the Strategy is to tackle hardship by providing a robust framework that will enable a shared understanding of the situation, consolidate and develop a range of initiatives to mitigate risk, and implement early and preventative action. The Strategy will provide a single document to ensure that Council Leaders, our partners and the public are regularly updated on progress.

Collaboration is a key part of the strategy, and 23 organisations were engaged with to gather hardship data for the strategy.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “The introduction of this strategy is very timely given the recent challenges of the coronavirus crisis. The strategy will require further consultation with partners and the public in order to develop a detailed Action Plan to implement this important strategy across the county. We hope that it will provide a robust framework for the implementation of risk mitigation measures to address the potential effects of coronavirus on the social and economic well-being of Ceredigion residents. ”

The strategy aligns with Ceredigion County Council's corporate priorities, along with the Well-being of Future Generations Act, the Social Services and Well-being Act and the Children and Families (Wales) Measure.