Poverty Ends Now – anti poverty manifesto written by young people
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty has been working with Children North East and Rys Farthing from Oxford University to produce a Children’s Manifesto and action plan on poverty.
Young people from the North East, London, Manchester and Liverpool who were already actively involved in tackling child poverty came together to form a national group which they named PEN – Poverty Ends Now.
The group met over several residentials to produce a six point Children’s Manifesto on Poverty that was launched in Parliament at the end of 2014.
The six points of the PEN manifesto are:
- Every family in Britain should meet a minimum standard of living, not just surviving
- An equal school experience for all
- Affordable, decent homes for everyone
- Every young person should have access to three affordable, healthy meals a day
- For all to feel and be safe within their communities and at home
- Make sure all young people have affordable transport everywhere
PEN are also working on taking action at a local level within their own cities:
- Decent Incomes – Liverpool: play and community discussion during National Living Wage Week
- Equal Schools – North East: Local evidence session in Darlington 28th November 2014.
- Housing – London: parliamentary evidence session
- Food – Gateshead Youth Assembly: holiday hunger activities
- Feel Safe – Manchester: Walking tour and Question Time with decision makers
- Transport – Newcastle Youth Council: distributing discount cards across secondary schools
For further information about the North East contact Sara Bryson firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 256 2444
For London, Manchester, Liverpool contact Rys Farthing Barnett House Fellow at Oxford University, on email@example.com or 07769 910535