The Table’s Ramsay Hart presents pandemic survey results to Lanark County Council
At Wednesday’s virtual Community Services committee meeting of Lanark County Council, The Table’s executive director, Ramsay Hart gave a report on a recent local pandemic survey.
In July and August almost 800 Lanark residents completed a 43 question survey, provided by the Table in collaboration with the majority of community service providers in the county.
Respondents covered a wide range of household income levels and those in the lower tiers were experiencing the biggest share of negative impacts from the pandemic.
For example, Hart pointed out that 42% of the lowest 2 income groups reported that they didn’t always have access to enough healthy foods. And 66% of lower income households stated that the pandemic had made access to food worse. When it came to housing, 12% of all income groups noted that the pandemic had impacted their housing situations.
A substantial majority, 69%, answered that nothing was missing in terms of responses to Covid-19 but of those that did find gaps, the top three complaints were lack of consistent and clear information, rules and enforcement, and municipal and local MPP leadership.