Input needed on the Development of a New Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan

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The Provincial Government is reaffirming its commitment to reducing poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador with an engagement process to inform the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy’s (PRS) next action plan.

As Lead Minister for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, I am writing to ask you to participate in the process of developing a new action plan for the strategy. As a valued community partner, it is important that we hear from you. Government needs to hear about the current challenges people with low income are facing, as well as suggestions for solutions. We need to know what elements of our Poverty Reduction Strategy are working, what improvements are needed and what else we need to be doing.

One way your organization can participate in this process is through hosting a focus group with community members, clients and/or staff. A guide to hosting a focus group and a discussion guide have been developed to help those who want to hold a session. If you or clients require other supports to be able to participate, please call 1-866-883-6600 to discuss.

A Discussion Guide and online feedback form have been developed to help people provide input and, in particular, to focus on actions needed for the elimination of poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador. Responses to the questions in the guide can be provided by email, regular mail, through a toll free line or online at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ruralinfo/prs-online-feedback-form/. Additional feedback, beyond that requested through the Discussion Guide, is also very welcome. We would like to hear from as many people as possible and would appreciate it if you can share this information with your clients and your networks. You can get hard copies of the Discussion Guide (including alternate formats) by contacting the PRS division by phone or email.

We look forward to receiving your input and to continuing to work with you to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information please see: www.swsd.gov.nl.ca

Submissions will be accepted until January 19, 2015

By email: povertyreduction@gov.nl.ca

By phone: 1-866-883-6600 or TTY 1-888-729-5440

By regular mail:
Poverty Reduction Strategy Division
Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Discussion Guide:http://www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/poverty/pdf/prs_discussion.pdf

Guide to Hosting a Focus Group: http://www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/poverty/pdf/prs_focus_group.pdf

Poverty Reduction Strategy Progress Report:  http://www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/poverty/pdf/prs_progress_report.pdf