Video story – Geoff’s Truth

This week we are sharing the different video and audio presentations from our HuManifesto launch event last week at the Leeds City Museum. Today we’re sharing a film about one of our Commissioners, Geoff Hardwick. This film was made for the start of the 2nd Leeds Commission when Geoff shared it with the civic and […]

Listening Post – Sally-Anne & Sarah

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

HuManifesto Launch Event

Today the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission launched a Humanifesto for Leeds at an event attended by 250+ people at the Leeds City Museum. Hosted by Commissioners Jamie Jones-Buchanan from Leeds Rhinos and Christine Isaacs from the Lingfield Estate, attendees engaged in an interactive multi-media presentation highlighting the Commission’s key issues of Isolation, Communication and Barriers […]


What is Leeds Poverty Truth Commission (LPTC)? LPTC brings together people who have lived experience of poverty (‘experts by experience’) and people who are in positions of organisational leadership and influence (‘civic and business leaders). All are equal Commissioners. The LPTC aims to ensure people who have experienced poverty first-hand are at the heart of […]

4 lessons from Leeds Poverty Truth Commission

Lisa Jeffery, one of the Commissioners on Leeds Poverty Truth Commission and Digital Communicaitons Manager for the Joseph Rowtree Foundation, recently wrote a blog on her learnings from the commission so far, so we thought we’d share it in full here… I first got involved with LPTC in 2016 as one of 20 or so […]

Reflections in the Council Chambers

With an election now looming on the 8th June, we have had to put a temporary hold on our Poverty Truth Manifesto blogs, (as we have civil servants involved as commissioners and publicity about the manifestos could be construed as breaking purdah). However, ahead of our next gathering this Friday, two of our commissioners have […]

Poverty Truth Manifestos

At the invitation of Deputy Council Leader (and Poverty Truth Commissioner) Lucinda Yeadon, our last full gathering took place in the Leeds City Council chamber. In this space, where decisions that shape life in Leeds are made, we decided to do some creative imaginings about what our Manifestos would be for tackling poverty in our […]


‘Problems cannot be solved with the same mind-set that created them.’ (Albert Einstein).    ‘Every story I have heard since being involved with the Poverty Truth Commission has been different.’ This senior officer in a public sector organisation wonders how he can shape its services to be able to more imaginatively respond to the reality and complexity […]

Rome Trip

Three of our commissioners were fortunate to attend Fratello, a gathering of people with lived experience of poverty in Rome. Here’s a little video of their reflections.