WHAT IS POVERTY TRUTH?
What if people living in poverty could take the lead on challenging the city’s leaders to work with them on tackling poverty? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made? Would new solutions to poverty be discovered? Would people listen and, if they did, would they better understand the challenges that poverty brings?
Drawing upon the experience of the Glasgow Poverty Truth Commission and the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission, we aim to ensure that people who have experienced poverty first-hand are at the heart of how the city thinks and acts in tackling poverty and inequality.
Over a period of 18 months a group of civic and business decision-makers and ‘experts by experience’ of poverty in Salford will meet together to build relationships, share experiences and think how might we respond to poverty more effectively.
Ordinary people will be given the chance to relate their personal experiences of struggling against poverty. By creating safe spaces for people to tell their stories and opportunities for those making and influencing decisions to listen, it is hoped that the project will deepen understanding of the difficult and entrenched issues of poverty, improve perceptions and challenge stereotyping, and lead to better decision making by the city’s leaders across business, public and voluntary sectors.
Listen to the radio interview below, to hear grassroots commissioner Jayne Gosnall talking about her experience of poverty, and Community Pride director Joyce Kay explaining how the Commission works:
The Salford Poverty Truth Commission is an independent project, run in partnership by Church Action on Poverty, Community Pride and the Broughton Trust. It is sponsored by Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett and Bishop of Salford John Arnold, and supported by a steering group including many local organisations.
In order that the commission retains its independence it is supported financially by a patchwork of organisations and funding bodies. These include: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; the Big Lottery Fund; Salford Clinical Commissioning Group; and the John Grant Davies Trust.