Our Future Now – The Need to Act

Edinburgh Poverty Commissioner Celia Tennant reflects that to tackle the scale of inequality of youth unemployment it will take radical and bold intervention. Read her full blog on Inspiring Scotland’s website

Hope and hard work for a better future

Commissioner Sandy MacDonald calls for the private sector to find common purpose for better social outcomes in his article in the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce’s latest bi-monthly magazine. Go to the full article on page 8 of the Economy and Resilience themed Business Comment.

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

Blogs and other updates


Close the Gap – Guest Blog

In our fifth guest blog Ruth Boyle, Policy and Parliamentary Officer at Close the Gap expands on Women's Poverty. Poverty in Scotland is gendered. This was the case before the outbreak of COVID-19, and this trend is only being exacerbated by COVID-19 and the economic...

MECOPP Carers Centre – Guest Blog

Suzanne Munday our fourth guest blogger is clear, “we have to learn from what has worked and be honest enough to acknowledge what hasn’t so that we take forward the ‘best’ into the post COVID recovery period.” Does this situation sound familiar to you?  There is...

Dark and Light

In the latest in our series of blogs, Commissioner Mary Alexander welcomes the value of our essential workers being recognised. The interim findings of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission have highlighted the good, the bad and the downright ugly side of COVID-19. Our...