Launching the 3rd Leeds Poverty Truth Commission

‘My biggest accomplishment in life will never be money, it will be who I raised.’ – Christine An accident in the family set off the dominos in Christine’s life that led to her struggles against poverty. Taken into care at 3 years old, having her name and identity taken away, and made to feel hopeless […]

Learning from Leeds PTC

Over the last year, we have been working on a project with Leeds University School of Sociology and Social Policy to celebrate the achievements of Leeds Poverty Truth and share lessons to improve the representation of people affected by poverty in public and political life. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some of […]

Summer News

It has now been 5 months since the close of the 2nd Leeds Poverty Truth Commission (and 3 years since the close of the first). We are now starting to work towards a 3rd Commission in Leeds starting (in full) sometime in early 2019.   Despite being between Commissions there is a lot happening at […]

Getting Involved

We are offering a contract for a self employed worker to help co-ordinate the work of Leeds Poverty Truth Commission. The deadline for applications is 10th June 2018. Here is an outline of the role and an application form. If you have any questions then please contact us on

Deputation to Leeds City Council

As Maria got up out of her wheelchair and made her way to the microphone to speak, the council chamber fell silent. As she began to read the words prepared earlier, councillors turned around towards her and were transfixed. Beside her were 4 fellow commissioners, there to support Maria, and to present their HuManifesto to […]

Poverty Truth Commission – an exercise in Social Communication

Commissioner Nick Carter wrote this wonderful article for South Leeds Life earlier this week, so we thought we would share it here in full for all to read… Poverty Truth Commission – an exercise in Social Communication Today (28 March 2018) the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission will present their Humaifesto to the meeting of Leeds […]

Make Your #PovertyPledge

So this is our ‘#povertypledge’ week. On Wednesday Leeds Poverty Truth Commission in a deputation to the full City Council are presenting the Humanifesto. This evening’s Channel 5 News featured Commissioners in a report about the north-south divide in respect of child poverty. Mark Goldstone has an editorial piece in Wednesday’s Yorkshire Post, and from Tuesday until […]


Next week Leeds Poverty Truth Commission will be making a deputation to a full Leeds City Council meeting to present our Humanifesto to all 99 of the city’s councillors.   In anticipation of this, and following the pledges made by our Commissioners at the end of our Humanifesto Launch last month, we are asking people […]

Listening Post – Maria & Lee

Following the launch of the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission’s Humanifesto on the 2nd February, we’re posting a series of blogs this week featuring some of the films and audio clips used at the launch event. This is the third of three ‘listening posts’ recorded for the Humanifesto launch with two of our Commissioners in conversation […]