Richard explains, “Since being elected as a Councillor for Central Ward I have been concerned about the stark contrast in health and well-being between my residents and others in North Somerset. Having initially raised this matter, I am aware that several new initiatives have been introduced, which no doubt will help addressing these inequalities. Central Ward now has its own dedicated community engagement worker, who is tasked with co-ordinating multi agency activity, while setting up a consultation working group of local residents. All these initiatives I welcome, but we need to do more, much more.
At last week’s meeting of North Somerset Council I asked Councillor Dawn Payne (Executive Member for Adult Social Services) what additional measures she plans to implement now and the Council’s long term strategy to improve the lives of the residents that I represent.
This gave us a big step forward with recognition by North Somerset Council that dealing with the real inequalities in Central Ward needs a multi-agency approach and must be considered as a priority. Town centre residents have an average life expectancy of approximately 10 years below the rest of North Somerset. I remain determined that we must do everything to support Central Ward residents and do everything possible to improve their lives.”