The aim of the North of Tyne Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) is to better understand the experiences of people living in poverty in our region. We know that the ongoing effects of COVID-19 have made the lives of some of our residents more difficult- their unique perspectives are important, valued and key to post-pandemic recovery.

The PTC will build on the work being done to address poverty and exclusion in our three local authority areas. It will provide a way to hear directly from a diverse range of voices in our communities, helping to develop projects and programmes which are genuinely responsive to their needs.  This will support NTCA’s aim to recover, reimagine and redesign for the North of Tyne after Covid-19 .

Children North East have been appointed to deliver the PTC for the North of Tyne. The first phase of the project is set to begin in Summer 2021 and is expected to run for two years.

NTCA are delighted to be working in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland on the North of Tyne PTC. Our partners are co-funding the project and providing valuable expertise.


What is a Poverty Truth Commission?

PTCs are models of direct citizen engagement in decision-making, usually hosted by local authorities but independent of them. They bring together people with lived experiences of poverty, decision-makers, public and private sector leaders and wider civil society. A nationally recognised model of practice, PTCs enable residents to directly inform and shape the policies and programmes of local authorities and partners.

How does a Poverty Truth Commission Work?

Empowering groups who are not typically part of the decision-making process, PTCs involve continuous learning from people and places most affected by poverty. This means that outcomes are not pre-determined before the commission completes its work.

How will the Poverty Truth Commission work in the context of Covid-19?

Our project partners will work together to ensure the PTC is sensitive to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. This will include making sure the project is compliant with all Covid-19 guidelines and participants are provided digital support and equipment where needed.


“Understanding the truth about the barriers and difficulties people face helps us develop lasting solutions. It’s about fixing the causes of poverty in the long-term.”

Jamie Driscoll
North of Tyne Mayor