Residents are invited to attend a conference on the thorny issue of poverty in Weymouth and Portland.

Weymouth & Portland Action on Wages (WeyPAW) will hold its second annual conference at Noon on Saturday, September 28 at SafeWise Weymouth on Radipole Lane.

The group is campaigning to improve the quality of life of the region's residents and wants as many people as possible to join the discussion on how to improve the low wages and high housing costs that ravage the city.

The group recently submitted its manifesto to the Dorset Council following a conference that drew a lot of people last September.

In the document, WeyPAW presents the action points that members believe will help improve the quality of life for residents.

Philip Marfleet, head of WeyPAW, said: "We are facing chronically low wages, precarious jobs and high housing costs Poverty and child health problems are growing – Weymouth and Portland are ranking now at the bottom of the national index of social mobility.

"At the conference, we will discuss policies of change – the policies that our local authorities urgently need to take into account if Weymouth and Portland are tackling this very serious crisis."

As reported in Dorset Echo, more than 40% of children in the Weymouth and Portland areas live below the poverty line, and the numbers show that social mobility in the region is the worst in the UK, according to the rankings. produced by the government.

Professor Jane Milliar, former Special Advisor to the House of Commons, and other senior academics also spoke. The event will take the form of an open public forum, with discussion and debate encouraged.

Keep Portland Hospital activists and Dorset parents' SEND campaign for kids will also be there to answer questions about their local campaigns.

"Everyone is invited to attend and make their voices heard," added Mr. Marfleet. "We have invited all members of the Dorset Council – we wish that they hear about problems that require quick action to end what has been described as" Dorset's Shame. " "

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