GMPA ran the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission until November 2022.
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 Tameside Commission worked 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 has now ended, publishing a report bringing together its findings and recommendations. These include:
- To create a Tameside Poverty Charter for local organisations to commit to, including involving people with lived experience of poverty in decision making.
- To develop poverty awareness training with lived experience input, for frontline and other relevant staff in Tameside support services.
- To declare a poverty emergency in Tameside
This has been an incredibly powerful process in Tameside and is already leading to significant change, including lived experience representation on key decision-making bodies.
If you are interested in hosting a Poverty Truth Commission in your community then please contact us at GMPA.
The Tameside Poverty Truth Commission is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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