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women-playing-poverty-stricken-street-sellers-at-the-victorian-festival-D1B96M.jpg?profile=RESIZE_400xCIVIC chiefs are set to green-light a ‘six-point action plan’ to tackle Portsmouth’s spiralling poverty crisis as leaders vow to pile pressure on Whitehall for more help.

The urgent proposal is being put to leaders at the top table of Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet authority next week and could be implemented in a matter of weeks.

It comes as senior politicians were warned the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic had deepened the deprivation crisis in some of the poorest inner-city wards.

A report by Mark Sage, the council’s tackling poverty co-ordinator, revealed more than a quarter of all city residents (28 per cent) had seen their finances slashed since the start of the pandemic.

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Portsmouth Evening News

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