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brings together local stakeholders and national experts
critically examines the challenge of poverty in Lewisham
looks for innovative ways to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by poverty
seeks the views and experience of local residents
examines what we (the Council and our partners) are currently doing to tackle poverty
identifies best practice from other councils.
The Commission’s aims are to:
recommend ways to alleviate poverty
reduce the negative effects of poverty
help communities be more resilient against poverty.
In December 2017, the Poverty Commission will present a report with recommendations to the elected Mayor and Cabinet and to our Executive Management Team.
We will focus on what will make the greatest impact on poverty in the borough and where we can genuinely make a difference including:
well-paid secure employment and skills – see employment skills report
housing, given the impact of housing costs on people’s income in London – see housing report
child poverty, childcare costs and lone parent unemployment – see child poverty report
The Commission has already organised visits to drop-in sessions at voluntary and community organisations where officers have spoken to a small number of residents – read more in the lived experience report.
Local assemblies have also been asked to discuss this at an assembly meeting. Check when your next assembly meeting is being held and what's on the agenda.
The Commission combines expertise about poverty with expertise about the local area. Its members are:
Councillor Joe Dromey, Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance, Lewisham Council, and Chair of the Lewisham Poverty Commission
Alice Woudhuysen, London Campaign Manager, Child Poverty Action Group
Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive, Trust for London
Bill Davies, Head of Policy, Central London Forward
Councillor Brenda Dacres, Lewisham Council
Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, New Local Government Network
Councillor Colin Elliott, Lewisham Council
Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Gloria Wyse, Co-Chair, Lewisham Citizens
Councillor James-J Walsh, Lewisham Council
Councillor Joyce Jacca, Lewisham Council
Councillor Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community, Lewisham Council
Simon Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London.