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Commission on Poverty and Regional Inequality

Our latest project is looking into the way England's economy works, and will bring regions together around economic policies to reduce poverty. Find out more



The Fabian Society is launching a Commission on Poverty and Regional Inequality chaired by councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council.

The commission’s objective is to understand the poverty that’s created by the way England’s regional economies work and to bring regions together around a set of economic policies to reduce that poverty. England is our focus, but we will be learning from the devolved nations.

The focus of this commission is on economic policies relating to regional or local economies – so not UK-wide tax, social security and labour market policies. Our interest is in economic interventions that can alleviate poverty, primarily by raising household incomes or reducing living costs in the foreseeable future.

Over 12 months, the commission will gather evidence, develop solutions, and build a coalition of support. At every stage its work will include people with a lived experience of poverty.

The commission is kindly supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Trust for London, City of London Corporation and the Dartmouth Street Trust.

Find out more about the commission and our commissioners here.

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