Decision details

Poverty and Deprivation: Response to OSC Task and Finish Group Review

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet response to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee task and finish group on poverty and deprivation in the wards of Broadwater, Benenden and Cranbrook, Paddock Wood West, Rusthall, Sherwood, Southborough and High Brooms.



  1. That the Council’s point of contact for coordinating a cross organisational working group to focus on poverty, including income, education & training and housing be Steve McGinnes be approved.
  2. That the Council’s recently introduced new dashboard will be presented as part of an All Members Briefing.
  3. That the Council will engage with residents experiencing difficulties in a targeted and meaningful way.
  4. That the continuation of the Task and Finish Group be supported.



It was agreed at Full Council in February 2020 that this work be undertaken by a working group of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to give consideration and address the rising levels of poverty in Tunbridge Wells. 

Report author: Jane Clarke

Publication date: 02/12/2021

Date of decision: 02/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 02/12/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2021

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