The Edinburgh Poverty Commission published a series of papers during its process of inquiry.
Here are some highlights:
- A Just Capital: Actions to End Poverty in Edinburgh – the final report of the Commission with a supplementary data and evidence paper.
- Poverty and Coronavirus in Edinburgh – an interim report exploring people’s experiences of living in poverty in the first months of the pandemic, including a summary paper.
- Poverty in Edinburgh: The Key Issues and Poverty in Edinburgh: Experiences of Accessing Support and Navigating Services – research conducted by Dr Laura Robertson of the Poverty Alliance for the Commission.
- Citizens’ Perspectives on Poverty in Edinburgh: Consequences and Solutions – research conducted for the Commission by the Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University.
In late 2020, in response to the Commission’s final report, the City of Edinburgh Council became the first UK local authority to set a target date for ending poverty by agreeing the proposals set out in the End Poverty in Edinburgh Delivery Plan 2020-30.
The Edinburgh Partnership has also published a paper setting out how partners will collectively work towards the aim of ending poverty in the city by 2030.
As part of the launch event of our final report, A Just Capital: Actions to End Poverty in Edinburgh, we spoke to four citizens about their experiences of living in poverty in the city.
The first film asks:
- Is poverty a problem in Edinburgh?
- How does poverty affect people’s lives and wellbeing?
- What makes it difficult for people to get out of poverty?
The second film explores:
- What needs to change to end poverty?
- What can ordinary citizens do to help end poverty?
Thanks to Sarah, Linda, Iscah and Paul for their time, knowledge and input. All four are members of a new network provisionally named End Poverty Edinburgh, who will carry on the work we have started.
This is a group of Edinburgh citizens we have met during our inquiry, who have expressed their desire and commitment to be a part of the change their city needs to make. Some members have experience of living in poverty, others see the impact of poverty directly through their work and others are allies who care and want to see justice for their fellow citizens.
Filming and editing by RAW Film Productions.