The financial Cliff Edge faced by Sheffield communities

We know that Covid 19 has had a disproportionate impact on the poorest communities, who face a “cliff edge” into poverty and in some cases destitution and homelessness as temporary support and protections are removed. Whilst the budget did signal limited extensions to some of the protections, the insecurity and fear of the future is an intolerable weight for many and the unresolved problems are building.

The City as a whole must develop a plan which enables us together to support our communities to try to lessen the impact of this “cliff edge”. The plan must be inclusive of all sectors and communities, appropriately resourced and place those people impacted the most at the heart of it. We must not wait until the cliff edge appears but rather plan now.

Citizens Advice Sheffield and Shelter (Sheffield) on behalf of Sheffield’s voluntary and community sector, have produced a paper on this very issue.  If you would like to know more, you can read this paper at: Briefing on financial cliff edge