Reducing poverty and inequality

Edinburgh Poverty Commission

The Edinburgh Poverty Commission was launched in November 2018. The commission is made up of 12 members who will work together over the next year to

  • understand the scale of poverty in Edinburgh
  • understand the impact poverty has on people's lives
  • find the long term changes the city needs to make to reduce and prevent poverty.

The commission will report its findings in autumn 2019 after meetings which will consider evidence of lived experience. The commission will meet four times during 2019 on

  • 28 February 
  • 21 May
  • 26 September
  • 26 November. 

Get involved

We would love to hear your views and experiences of poverty in Edinburgh and what is needed to reduce and prevent it. Over the course of the year we will be announcing ways for residents and communities to provide input into the work of the commission. 

In the meantime you can join the conversation and share your thoughts on Twitter using #edinpovertycommission or submit your thoughts and ideas to us directly

After each meeting the commission will report its draft findings and recommendations. 


Jim McCormick, Associate Director for Scotland with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, independently chairs the commission, which is made up of 12 people with a range of skills and experience. The members include

  • Jim McCormick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation - chair
  • Councillor Cammy Day, City of Edinburgh Council - vice chair
  • Celia Tennant, Inspiring Scotland                              
  • Zoe Ferguson, Carnegie Associate (Kindness) and Edinburgh citizen                 
  • Craig Sanderson, Link Housing Association          
  • Betty Stevenson, Edinburgh citizen                        
  • Chris Kilkenny, Edinburgh citizen                           
  • Stephen Kelly, Liberton High School                       
  • Diane Noel Paton, Thistle Foundation                   
  • Mary Alexander, Unite the Union                                
  • Sandy MacDonald, Standard Life                             
  • Carol Tannahill, Glasgow Centre for Public Health.

Read about the launch of the commission in our news centre.

Read our blog post on poverty in Edinburgh.

Download a report on poverty in Edinburgh (PDF, 914 KB)

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