About the Commission

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About the Commission

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a stakeholder network that believes that all children should have an equal chance in life.  

Made up of senior representatives from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the North East of England, the NECPC aims to be an effective organisation in building support and influencing policy makers for actions that improve the lives of the more than 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the region.

The NECPC is hosted by Newcastle University. It is funded by the Millfield House Foundation charitable trust.  


The overarching 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.”


The North East Child Poverty Commission will:

  • Engage 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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