Lucy helped to launch the Children's Commission on Poverty today at the House of Commons. Supported by the Children's Society, the Commission is a panel of 15 children aged 12-19 which will last for 18 months. The investigation will be led by young commissioners for young people, with the aim of providing them with a platform to speak about what poverty is like in their position and how it can be solved.
The findings will be published in January 2015 and Lucy, keen to address children's experiences below the poverty line, looks forward to following their progress very closely. Urged on by a recent report, Through Young Eyes, Lucy will be advising the Commission on how to alleviate the dire situations which young people face and will be glad to hear of new ways she can tackle the rise in child poverty. 1,000 children, half of all those surveyed, have said that the situation has worsened in the past 10 years and Lucy will be very pleased to work with the Commission to act on these figures.
Yousif, 16, a young commissioner, said “Child poverty is one of the gravest injustices to face the UK and we on the young people’s panel, have gathered together to help combat it. We are here to fight this injustice. Simple as that.”
Cyrus, a yound commissioner, looks forward to showing his photo with Lucy Powell to his grandad
“I am very happy to support the Children’s Commission on Poverty. We will find out what children across the country think about poverty for the first time. More importantly we will hear directly from young people what it is like to grow up in poverty today.
I will be supporting the commission as it speaks to young people up and down the country over the next 18 months. I want to hear what young people have to say about their lives so that we can help to improve the situation”