NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US, IS FOR US…
So, what is the Poverty Truth Commission? The very brief video from the Leeds Commission sums it up beautifully. You can access it from the right hand side bar on this page.
What if people with lived experience of poverty could take the lead on challenging those with influence to work with them on tackling poverty? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made and the way in which they are implemented? Would new solutions to poverty become evident? Would people listen and, if they did, would they better understand the many and varied challenges that poverty brings with with it?
Our experience as Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission (MBPTC) since our formal launch in July 2018 is a huge and resounding yes to these questions! You can access the brief YouTube video of the launch on the right hand side bar of this page. We are glad to say that you can now view five splendid chatshows covering the work of Round One of the commission by going to our Media Page above, or via the short cut here: https://tinyurl.com/y4aq98jc
We are also delighted that Sue Mitchell and Ally Mackenzie have now completed a research and reflection report on the whole of Round One of our commission. You can download it from our Reports Page above, or the short cut here: https://tinyurl.com/y5maaaal
It has, of course not been an easy journey, but it has outstripped most of our expectations. You can read the background story on our History Page. You can read the 2017 Richardson Institute report on Poverty in Morecambe Bay on our Reports Page. Please check out our News and Working Group Pages too. We are currently working hard to update this website ready for Round Two in Morecambe and Lancaster and in hope of encouraging initial rounds in other localities around Morecambe Bay. If you have communication skills that you are happy to volunteer to help with this please contact us!