Solving poverty is complex and involves lots of aspects, but at its core it is about enabling people to make a reasonable living.
There are two sets of solutions:
As poverty is created by the way that society and the economy operate, it can only be fully solved by changing these big issues. For the North East, this means creating more jobs, and ensuring that these jobs are accessible to everyone. It means improving education and training so that people are able to make a contribution and secure a decent living. And it is about ensuring that the jobs we have are good jobs, offering a reasonable level of pay and conditions to enable people to work their way out of poverty. Finally, it is about ensuring that the welfare system provides a safety net that catches people in need, and helps them to work their way out of poverty.
While we need structural solutions, they do little to help individuals and families struggling right now to manage and escape from poverty. That is why there is also a need for people-centred services to reduce the impacts of poverty, and enable people to address the problems they face that are caused by poverty, and then find a way to improve their circumstances. The Commission recognises that, while such support will not prevent poverty reoccurring and affecting others, it is a vital part of the solution for those affected by poverty.