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JOIN THE EVENT Challenge Poverty Week Aims

Challenge Poverty Week England & Wales is an opportunity for us all to say what needs to change after Covid to enable our own communities to thrive.

It’s a chance for voices that are too often ignored to be heard loud and clear. It’s a chance to show that it is possible to build a better, more compassionate society in which everyone can live life to the full. And it’s a chance to start that journey, together, now.

Raise Voices

To raise voices in unison against poverty and shine a light on visions for a more just, compassionate and opportunity-filled country.

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Show Community

To show what is already being done at community level to challenge and alleviate poverty.

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End the Stigma

To change the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma.

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Build Awareness

To build awareness and support for sustainable responses to the pandemic that focus on enhancing the dignity and agency of people in poverty.

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We all want to live in a compassionate society, where everyone can thrive and nobody is cut adrift.  

We have seen that clearly as public compassion has come to the fore in the pandemic. Communities have pulled together over the past 18 months, and there has been strong action against injustices such as child hunger, inequality, and economic isolation. We have been reminded of the importance of community, the value of neighbours, and the extent to which we all rely on one another.  

Encouragingly, there are compelling signs that people want to sustain this; that people want a more just society, with less inequality. Polling data shows that over six in ten people in the country think the Government should act to reduce differences in income levels. 

So with that in mind, what should society look like in future? How do we make sure everyone is included in the UK’s pandemic recovery? How do we ensure the injustices  and inequalities exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19 are properly tackled as the country moves on from the pandemic? 

We can’t allow a recovery where some speed off down the fast lane while others are left behind, stalled at the side of the road. We have a real chance to do things differently. We can harness the compassion, community and connectedness that we  have cherished, and get going again together.  

Challenge Poverty Week England & Wales can be a catalyst for this. The week is an opportunity for us all to say what needs to change after Covid to enable our own communities to thrive. It’s a chance for voices that are too often ignored to be heard loud and clear. It’s a chance to show that it is possible to build a better, more compassionate society in which everyone can live life to the full. And it’s a chance to start that journey, together, now.

JOIN THE EVENT Challenge Poverty Week 2021 Key Messages

Pressure

The pandemic has highlighted that we have not all been in this together. It is now clearer than ever that poverty and inequality hits some communities harder than  others. 

Local communities have shown what is possible by working together, and the power of neighbourliness and mutual aid. Giving local people a greater say produces better results.

Incomes

People across the country want the Government to tackle income inequality. We must work together to create a more just society, and to do that we must remove the hurdles that hold so many people back.

Together we can challenge poverty. Now more than ever, we need to come together to make it happen.

Recovery

The Covid recovery needs to include everyone. We can’t allow a system where some speed away but others are left behind. We need to tackle inequality at its root right now and ensure that the voices of those directly affected are heard and acted on.

We all want to live in a just and compassionate society, where everyone has opportunities and dignity. We have the ability and resources to end poverty. Now it’s a matter of will. All of us need to come together now to make it happen.