Draft Poverty Plan Survey

Closed 26 Sep 2021

Opened 5 Aug 2021

Feedback updated 23 Nov 2021

We asked

We asked

We asked your views on the Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 that had been prepared by the Council setting out the objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years to tackle poverty in East.

You said

You Said

Twentynine individuals and six organisations responded to the survey. Organisations also took the opportunity to comment on the draft Plan at various meetings. In addition, the views of people with lived experience were recorded and presented as evidence to the consultation. A full report on the results of the consultation, including the comments made by respondents to the online consultation and people with lived experience has been lodged in the Council’s Members Library Service.

The consultation showed overwhelming support for the outcomes and proposed actions detailed in the Draft Poverty Plan.

The common theme of responses to the consultation is that there is a growing urgency that concerted action is needed to tackle the impact of the rise in poverty as a result of the pandemic and other factors such as price inflation and withdrawal of the £20 Universal Credit boost.

We did

We Did

The final version of the Plan – Our policies, plans and strategies - Poverty Plan 2021-2023 | East Lothian Council – was amended to take account of the responses to the consultation.  The amendments included: slightly amended wording for two of the outcomes; clarification that the Plan includes the Child Poverty Plan; clarification that the Plan takes an early intervention and prevention approach to tackling the causes and impact of poverty; and the addition of quotes from people with lived experience to show the impact of poverty on people’s lives and reflect the need for concerted action.

A new East Lothian Poverty Partnership is to be formed with representatives from the Council, NHS, and voluntary and community sectors to review progress with delivering the Poverty Plan and ensuring that concerted action is being taken to reduce poverty in East Lothian.  The Partnership will also be charged with ensuring that the views of people with lived experience are heard and taken into account by the Council and East Lothian Partnership.


Tackling the causes and effects of poverty in East Lothian is one of the, if not the, most important priorities for East Lothian Council as we begin to recover from the COVID pandemic.

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."      Nelson Mandela

Following publication of the East Lothian Poverty Commission report in 2017 much has been done over the last few years to reduce poverty and inequalities, but much more still needs to be done.

The pandemic and lockdowns have increased poverty in East Lothian. (Read the leaflet, ‘Poverty in East Lothian’ for more information.) So it is vital that we put in place a new Plan to reduce poverty and improve the economic and life chances of all our citizens.

A Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 has been prepared for the Council by a working group including representatives from key council services, NHS Lothian and community and voluntary groups. 

The Draft Plan sets out objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years.

The Draft Poverty Plan and a summary easy read version are available to download below.

Please read the draft plan before answering the questions in this consultation. Please let us know if you need the document in an accessible format.

Draft Poverty Plan With Action Plan Final Draft

Draft Poverty Plan Summary-Final Draft

East Lothian Poverty Commission Report 2017

Poverty In East Lothian

Why your views matter

The Council would like to get the views of organisations and individuals across East Lothian,

and is particularly keen to hear from communities and individuals who have been affected by increasing levels of poverty as a result of the COVID pandemic.

The consultation will help us to identify what in the Draft Plan has public support, what might be missing and what more we can do to tackle poverty.

There are separate questionnaires for organisations and for people responding in an individual capacity.  The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete. 

Thank you for your time, we appreciate it.

Information about welfare advice and financial support can be found at:

COVID-19 Welfare Advice and Financial Support | East Lothian Council

And from the Financial Advice During COVID-19 leaflet: Financial support during COVID-19 | East Lothian Council


What happens next

The survey is now closed and responses are being analysed. The reults will be shared soon.


  • All Areas


  • Local Residents
  • Community Councils
  • East Lothian Council Tenants
  • Third Sector
  • Registered Tenant Organisations
  • Interest & advocacy groups


  • Poverty