East Lothian Poverty Commission - Call for Evidence - Personal Stories and Experiences

Closed 27 Jun 2016

Opened 8 Mar 2016


What is the Poverty Commission?

The East Lothian Poverty Commissioners are a group of people who care about the issue of poverty in East Lothian. We want to find out more about people's experiences of poverty and what effect poverty has on people’s lives. We will work to identify ways to tackle poverty and make life better for those living in poverty.

We want to hear from you. Tell us your story and your experiences of living in poverty or close to it. Tell us what life is like for you. We would like to hear how poverty affects your life, what worries you have and how it makes you feel.

We also want to hear your ideas and suggestions for change. What can be done to make things better for you and your family? What would help you to move out of poverty?

We will use your stories and ideas to help us to suggest new ways of tackling poverty and to change negative attitudes towards poverty.

For more information about the Commission

If you would like more information about the Poverty Commission or have any questions about our work please get in touch:


How to respond to the Call for Evidence:

You can respond to the Call for Evidence in any of the following ways:

  • Complete the online submission form below
  • Complete and return the printable submission form (see 'Related Documents') and return it to us by post or email
  • Prepare a video or other recorded submission that the Commissioners can consider
  • Invite the Commission to visit your community organisation, group or workplace to hear your views and share your experiences


How to submit your evidence:  

  • Use the online form below
  • Email: povertycommission@eastlothian.gov.uk
  • Video evidence: Please upload your video to Youtube or Dropbox (or similar service) and send us the link. Alternatively get in touch and we can arrange for you to send your video to us
  • In person: Contact us to arrange for us to meet with you or your community organisation
  • By phone: 01620 82 7134
  • By post: East Lothian Poverty Commission, c/o Corporate Policy and Improvement, East Lothian Council, John Muir House, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3HA


* Please submit your evidence by Monday 16th May 2016 * 



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  • Poverty
  • Social Inclusion
  • Fuel Poverty