Having been a Commissioner on the second Leeds Poverty Truth Commission, and been one of those who continued into the third to bring his learning and expereinces into a new group, Community Commissioner Jamies reflects on the impacts of the pandemic… we lost more than a year during this pandemic,  a significant amount of time […]

Listening goes both ways

‘When I started the group I wanted to be taken seriously and be understood by those in power so they understood my point of view. I realised not only that they needed to listen and understand but that I needed to do the same. Unfortunately I have also realised that change takes time and effort […]

Stories and complexity

Today’s Commissioner reflection comes in the form of a short video blog from Civic and Business Commissioner Brandon. We are posting Commissioner reflections each day up to our closing event for the 3rd Leeds Poverty Truth Commission which takes place online on Friday 15th January 2021. If you would like to join us for the […]

A lifeline

‘Leeds Poverty Truth Commission is the only thing that hasn’t been closed! We have always managed to get together, have a laugh and share life. That’s what it’s about. In some ways it has been an encouragement and a lifeline.’ Christine, Leeds Poverty Truth Commissioner Join us for our online closing event of the 3rd […]

Commissioner Reflections

In the run up to the closing of the third Leeds Poverty Truth Commission, (see here for the invitation to join our closing event on the 15th of January 2021), we will be posting daily reflections from Commissioners on the experience and individual impact of being part of the Commission. Some Commissioners have written some […]

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