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Solutions in Shared Humanity

Commission Member Zoe Ferguson recently wrote a blog reflecting on the Commission’s experience of publishing its latest report examining the impact of coronavirus on people living in poverty in Edinburgh.
She notes that despite there being increasingly widening inequalities in the city, this pandemic should be a catalyst for compassionate change.
Go to the full article on the Sceptical Scot website.

Coronavirus Report in the Media

This week, we published our latest interim report, Poverty and Coronavirus in Edinburgh, which examines the impact of the pandemic on people living in poverty in the city.

On the back of this, we have been delighted with the response that local and national media have had to this report.

Below are some highlights:

  • BBC Radio Scotland – Commission Member and co-author of the report, Zoe Ferguson, discussed the report with presenter, Laura Maxwell, on the flagship programme, Good Morning Scotland.
  • STV NewsPoverty gap could be ‘magnified’ by coronavirus crisis
  • The TimesCoronavirus in Scotland: Layoffs spell rise in poverty in Edinburgh
  • The HeraldCoronavirus: Empty hotels and Airbnbs could be used to permanently shelter homeless families
  • The ScotsmanWarning coronavirus could widen rich-poor gap
  • The Scottish SunEmpty AirBnB flats in Edinburgh could be bought by council to help house homeless
  • Edinburgh Evening NewsEdinburgh Airbnb flats could be bought by council to house homeless: Poverty Commission says gains made during coronavirus crisis must not be lost
  • Edinburgh LiveEdinburgh to see huge widening of poverty gap from pandemic, with unemployment numbers set to soar

Poverty and Coronavirus Report on National Radio

On Tuesday morning (19 May 2020) we published our latest report, Coronavirus and Poverty in Edinburgh, and had an opportunity to discuss our research on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship programme, Good Morning Scotland.

Edinburgh Poverty Commission Member and co-author of the report, Zoe Ferguson, spoke to presenter, Laura Maxwell.

In the interview, Zoe emphasised that, although the Coronavirus crisis has created individual and collective trauma for the city, this pandemic should be viewed an opportunity for a just transition to take place as we look to redesign and rebuild a fairer economy.

Listen to the interview here.

Blogs and other updates

 

Listen, Learn and Lead

Commission Member Sandy Macdonald reflects on our latest report, Coronavirus and Poverty in Edinburgh, and suggests that what we have learned so far at the city level should be scaled up and applied elsewhere. It's clear that the current pandemic will hit those who...

Poverty and Coronavirus in Edinburgh: Interim Report

As the UK went into lockdown in March, we published an update on our work and asked for people to tell us about their experiences of living in poverty in Edinburgh. Today, in response to this call, we have published an interim report (and a summary of the report). In...

Update in light of the Coronavirus outbreak

It goes without saying that Coronavirus is dominating all of our lives at the moment.  Up until last week Edinburgh Poverty Commissioners were busy preparing to host events in the lead up to the launch of our final report next month.  For the time being we...

Have Your Say on Poverty in Edinburgh

The survey can be accessed here and will remain open until Friday 31 January 2020. Ahead of publishing our final recommendations in March, we are working on a short project to capture what people really think about poverty in Edinburgh. Collaborating with researchers...