Draft Poverty Plan Survey

Closed 26 Sep 2021

Opened 5 Aug 2021


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