A leading Labour politician has developed an anti-poverty strategy that will focus on improving the lives of Trafford residents who are struggling to cope.

Cllr Graham Whitham, Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, is spearheading the initiative that aims to tackle the poverty and inequality that exists in the borough.

Cllr Whitham, who represents Davyhulme West, said while the authority already supported a wide range of schemes poverty continued to exist.

“I will strive to address the constant challenges faced by people on low incomes,” said Cllr Whitham.

“My aim is for everyone living in Trafford to have the same opportunities, life chances and potential to lead a successful and happy life.

“This means reducing the disparities between different areas because the most successful communities are those that are the least polarised.

“As well as the social argument, there is an increasingly compelling economic case for tackling poverty.

“Therefore, it is imperative that we develop a clear strategy so that we can help residents reach their full potential.”

The authority’s executive members recently considered a report which set out the council’s strategic approach to tacking poverty over the next three years.

In addition, a poverty action group is to be set up so that work can begin to ensure that the most vulnerable people living in the borough are supported and protected.

For more information visit: https://democratic.trafford.gov.uk/documents/s38119/Poverty%20Strategy%20Report.pdf