About the Commission

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About the Commission

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a stakeholder group that believes that all children should have an equal chance in life. The NECPC includes senior representatives from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the North East of England. It aims to be an effective lobbying, influencing and campaigning group that can help to build public support for actions that improve the lives of children living in poverty the region.

The NECPC is currently hosted by the Institute for Local Governance (ILG) at Durham University. It is funded by the Millfield House Foundation charitable trust.  

Aim

The aim of the North East Child Poverty Commission is to:

“provide a strong regional voice to raise awareness of the issue of child poverty in the North East and to work collaboratively to tackle the problem.”

Objectives

The North East Child Poverty Commission will:

  • Engage and lobby representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors to tackle child poverty in the North East.
  • Campaign locally, regionally and nationally to raise awareness amongst politicians and policy makers of the effects of child poverty in the region.
  • Champion, co-ordinate and monitor a Regional Child Poverty Action Plan and provide advice support and challenge to the regional co-ordinator on child poverty.
  • Involve children, young people and their families with direct experience of living in poverty in our work.

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