- Community Wealth Building
Helping people into secure, well-paid jobs is the best route to getting grid of poverty. I’m doing that through creatingmore good jobs and investing in people through our skills programmes. The issues are so acute however that I also want to help directly the people experiencing poverty right now.
During the pandemic digital exclusion quickly became a serious issue. Many people found themselves excluded due to the cost of internet access and computer equipment. We reacted quickly to get over 2500 laptops out to individuals and families.
Our child poverty prevention programme works across 3 areas:
Our Poverty Truth Commission was launched in October 2022. It empowers direct citizen engagement in decision-making. They bring people with real or ‘lived experience’ of poverty together with decision-makers and other influential leaders from the public and private sector and wider civil society. The process has at its core fifteen commissioners, people with lived experience of poverty. They focus on food poverty, caring responsibilities and health with the aim of coming up with practical interventions which will make a difference to the lives of people struggling on a low income.
We are also developing a programme of work to address food poverty. This will be co-designed with people in the know like the West End Food Bank, The Trussell Trust and FareShare North East. More to report on soon!