What is the Trafford Poverty Truth Commission?

A Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) is a process that brings together people in poverty with those in senior positions within the private, public and voluntary sector. By forming trust and relationships between these two groups, people in poverty are given a chance to share their ‘lived experience’ of poverty.

The aim of a PTC is to give people who live in poverty a direct voice and enable their experiences to drive change to alleviate and reduce poverty for residents. The civic and business commissioners then help and facilitate the delivery of identified solutions.

Trafford Council have invited Stretford Public Hall to coordinate Trafford’s first Poverty Truth Commission, and an Engagement Event was held at the Hall on 8 October – see our news story.

The Poverty Truth Commission team (Claire Vibert, Carlene Thomas-Bailey and Kate Harding) are currently working with community groups across Trafford to recruit Commissioners with lived experience of poverty. If you or your organisation would like to be involved, or if you want to find out more, please contact the team on traffordptc@stretfordpublichall.org.uk