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Tameside Poverty Truth Commission


“What if people who have directly faced poverty were involved in decisions about poverty?”

Tameside PTC Infographic for GM Poverty ActionGMPA runs the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission, as one of our programmes. Poverty Truth Commissions (PTCs) create a space to meaningfully bring together people with different experiences, knowledge, and power: within this space, people who have had experience of living in poverty come together with senior civic, political and business leaders on an equal footing.

The Commission will work towards GMPA’s aim of embedding the voices of people with lived experience in the decision-making structures and systems of GM.

You can watch a video of the “What if?” poem that the Commissioners wrote together reflecting some of their experiences below, and see the full launch event here.

The Commission was launched in November 2021 and is running for 12 months.


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Tameside Poverty Truth Commission had a full agenda when they met on May 11th, 2022, including special guest speaker Sonia Bassey MBE.  Sonia inspired the community and civic commissioners with a “You need to Inspire to make change” presentation about how West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission had worked collaboratively to implement their recommendations.

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The Commission also welcomed Sharman Birtles MBE, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, who agreed to take on the role of chair of the commission.  Sharman will work with the Commissioners to embed the voices of people with lived experience in the decision-making structures and systems to tackle poverty in Tameside.

Three key issues have been identified to focus on over the next five months. Working groups will be chaired by one community commissioner (CC) and one civic commissioner:

CC Fran Beeston and Ivan Wright, assistant director from Jigsaw Homes for Housing;

CC Helen Lomas and Dawn Action, partnership officer from Action Together for Access to Services;

CC Ed Seager and Lynzi Shepherd, Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities from NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG for Mental Health.

The working groups will continue to meet once a month, with all commissioners coming together once every six weeks to share progress to the full Commission.


The Tameside Poverty Truth Commission is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.

Updates on the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission are published in Greater Manchester Poverty Action’s newsletter  – which if you don’t already receive you can subscribe to here.

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