On 30 September we hosted an online event to coincide with the publication of our final report, A Just Capital: Actions to End Poverty in Edinburgh.

This was a hugely popular event with over 220 people tuning in from across the country to learn about the Commission’s work and hear our vision for ending poverty in Edinburgh by 2030.

You can watch the event below:

Running order of the event:

  • Introduction and welcomeCelia Tennant (Commission member)
  • Citizens’ Voices – Introduced by Zoe Ferguson (Commission member), highlighting the important aspect of citizens informing the Commission. This film clip of citizens discussing their lived experience of poverty was also shown.
  • Call to ActionDr Jim McCormick (Commission Chair) set out the key findings and actions to end poverty in the report.
  • Citizens’ VoicesZoe Ferguson introduced the new citizens network End Poverty Edinburgh and highlighted why this is needed. This film clip of citizens discussing their lived experience of poverty was also shown.
  • Q&A Edinburgh Poverty Commission members – Facilitated by Celia Tennant, Commission members answered questions that were submitted before and during the event, including:
    • Zoe Ferguson (Independent Analyst)
    • Sandy Macdonald (Head of Corporate Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen plc)
    • Chris Kilkenny (Community Campaigner)
    • Mary Alexander (Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite the Union)
  • Response from the City – A discussion on the way forward and featuring contributions from sectors across the city, including:
    • Cllr Adam McVey (Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council & Edinburgh Partnership Chair)
    • Cllr Cammy Day (Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council & Vice Chair of the Commission)
    • Esther Roberton (Interim Chair of NHS Lothian)
    • Bridie Ashrowan (Chief Executive of Space & Broomhouse Hub)
    • Kat Brogan (Managing Director of Mercat Tours Ltd).
  • Closing remarksDr Jim McCormick reflected on the responses and emphasised the importance of working together in the challenges ahead.

Many thanks to all contributors and also to the Improvement Service for hosting and creating the above film of the event and Raw Film Productions for producing the Citizens’ Voices films.