Poverty Truth Commissions

This video produced by Leeds Poverty Truth Commission explains the principles of Poverty Truth.

What if people living in poverty could take the lead on challenging the city’s leaders to work with them on tackling poverty? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made? Would new solutions to poverty be discovered? Would people listen and, if they did, would they better understand the challenges that poverty brings?

Poverty Truth Commissions aim to ensure that people who have experienced poverty first-hand are at the heart of how the city thinks and acts in tackling poverty and inequality.They bring together civic and business decision-makers and ‘experts by experience’ of poverty, to build relationships, share experiences and think how might we respond to poverty more effectively.

Ordinary people get the chance to relate their personal experiences of struggling against poverty. By creating safe spaces for people to tell their stories and opportunities for those making and influencing decisions to listen, Poverty Truth Commissions deepen understanding of the difficult and entrenched issues of poverty, improve perceptions and challenge stereotyping, and lead to better decision making by leaders across business, public and voluntary sectors.

Commissions are active or being developed in many cities. Church Action on Poverty was actively involved in a Salford Commission from 2016 to 2017, and we offer media support and training to other Commissions whenever we can.

Click the links to find out more about Poverty Truth Commissions.

  • blog

    Read articles about Poverty Truth on our blog

  • Salford

    The Commission we supported

  • Scotland

    The UK's first Poverty Truth Commission

  • Leeds

    Leeds Poverty Truth Commission

  • West Cheshire

    West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission

  • Wolverhampton

    Wolverhampton Poverty Truth Commission

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email info@church-poverty.org.uk

Registered charity number 1079986. Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 3780243.

Materials from our website may be reproduced elsewhere, subject to the Creative Commons Legal Code.

Church Action on Poverty uses anonymous ‘cookie’ files to track visits to this website. Click here to read our cookie policy.