Media Release: Press call – Poverty Truth Commission

SCOTLAND’S first-ever Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) will launch an anti-poverty report in Glasgow City Chambers this weekend following an extensive two-year study.

It will make the case for radical change in the way the poverty is addressed by Scottish society and identify partners in this future work.

PTC was set up in 2009, and has campaigned on issues surrounding kinship carers, overcoming violence and tackling negative stereotypes of poverty.

It has brought together two groups of people: those who know about poverty from the inside and struggle with its awful realities every day, and those who exercise considerable influence and power in Scottish society including politicians, policy makers, faith leaders, news editors and academics.

Commission members will present their experiences in film, song, drama, comedy and personal testimony.

The core mantra is that people affected by poverty must participate in the policy making process if real and lasting changes are to be made.


Notes to news desks:

The Poverty Truth Commission takes place in Glasgow City Chambers on Saturday 16th April at 2pm, all media welcome.

Members of the commission will be available for interview on the day from 1.30-1.45pm, and immediately after the conclusion of the event (roughly 4pm). Photos will also be available. Please contact Miriam Rose on 07765 501687 for more details.

Advance copies of the report are available on an embargoed basis. For a copy, please contact Gordon Bell at or phone 0131 240 2204.

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Contact: Gordon Bell
Phone: 0131 240 2204