Timeline

The Edinburgh Poverty Commission was formally launched in November 2018.

Throughout 2019 commission’s process of inquiry is structured around three phases of work.  After each of these phases the Commission will publish its findings so far, and give its first thoughts on the actions Edinburgh should consider to address the issues it has discussed.

Following a final session of the year in November 2019, the Commission will publish its recommendations on the actions the city should take forward to solve poverty in Edinburgh.  These will include actions for the public sector, the third sector, businesses, and communities across the city.

 

Key Dates

June 2018

Edinburgh Partnership approves the establishment of an independent Edinburgh Poverty Commission and agrees that recommendations proposed by the Commission will be used to inform the implementation of the Edinburgh Community Plan.

June 2018

The City of Edinburgh Council approves the creation of an independent Edinburgh Poverty Commission and agrees that recommendations proposed by the Commission will be used to inform future Council policies and actions to prevent, reduce, and mitigate poverty in Edinburgh.

October 2018

Jim McCormick is appointed as the independent chair of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, with Cllr Cammy Day as vice chair.

November 2018

The first full meeting of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission takes place.

Phase 1: Pockets

Examining the pressures that keep incomes low and living costs high for people in Edinburgh.

February 2019

Edinburgh Poverty Commission launches the first of three public calls for evidence.

February 2019

The second full meeting of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission takes place at Gracemount Community Centre.  This session focus on the theme of ‘pockets’.

Phase 2: Prospects

Exploring what we can do to improve the wellbeing and life chances of people in poverty.

May 2019

Edinburgh Poverty Commission launches the second of three public calls for evidence, and publishes the first summary of its emerging findings so far.

May 2019

The third full meeting of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission takes place at North Edinburgh Arts Centre.  This session focuses on the theme of ‘prospects’.

Phase 3: Places

Defining steps the city can take to create well-designed, affordable, and sustainable places in Edinburgh.

September 2019

Edinburgh Poverty Commission launches the last of three public calls for evidence, and publishes a second summary of emerging findings and interim recommendations so far.

September 2019

The fourth full meeting of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission takes place at Thistle Foundation, Craigmillar.  This session focuses on the theme of ‘places’.

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December 2019

The fifth full meeting of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission takes place at the Broomhouse Centre.  This session is themed ‘designing the future’ and will focus on agreeing the recommended changes the city needs to make to end poverty in Edinburgh.  These recommendations and a forward plan for future work will be published following this session.