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Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission (EPIC)

We have created an independent commission to understand the causes of poverty and inequality in Enfield and to find local solutions. This is a priority for us, as we know many people are managing the effects of poverty in their daily lives.

We will engage with residents and organisations through meetings, events, focus groups and interviews.

The commission will then look at the evidence gathered and agree recommendations to help address the issues.  

How long the commission will run

The preparatory work for the commission has already begun. The official launch on 7 June 2019 will start the formal ‘Call for Evidence’ from the commission, to get views and feedback from local people.

This work is planned to end in November 2019, with a report to follow in December 2019.

The commission will be chaired by Baroness Tyler of Enfield and a panel of ten commissioners with a broad range of experience and expertise:

  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Chair)
  • Greg Beales - Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns, Shelter
  • Pamela Burke - Chief Executive, Enfield Carers Centre
  • Sam Gurney - Regional Secretary, London TUC
  • Jill Harrison - Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Enfield
  • Jinjer Kandola - Chief Executive, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
  • Daniella Lang - Headteacher, Brimsdown Primary School
  • Monty Meth - President. Enfield Over 50’s Forum
  • Laura Payne - Project Manager, 4in10 London Child Poverty Network
  • Dr Susan Tranter - Chief Executive, Edmonton County School
  • Dr Andrew Whittaker - Associate Professor, London Southbank University

The commission will be supported by the Smith Institute, an independent think tank.

The commission will focus on three areas:

  • Living –To what extent does who we are and where we live affect our life chances and the services we can access
  • Learning – Do challenges or barriers exist which prevent local people from accessing opportunities for education and training
  • Earning – How can local people currently on low (net) incomes be supported to secure long-term economic prosperity

We invite residents and local organisations to send your thoughts and suggestions to us, even if they don’t fit into the three themes. There is no set format for submitting your suggestions, you can submit these any way that suits you.

To have your say, send your submissions to epic@enfield.gov.uk by 30 September 2019.

We also have collection boxes at the four main libraries:

  • Enfield Town
  • Edmonton Green
  • Palmers Green
  • Ordnance Road Unity Hub

View library contact details and opening hours.

You can also send your submission to the commission at:

Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission
c/o Policy, Partnerships, Engagement and Consultation Team
Enfield Council
Civic Centre
B Block South
Enfield
EN1 3XA

The data you give us is supplied voluntarily and by doing so you consent to its use by the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission (EPIC). The data we give the commission will be anonymous as far as practicable (i.e. by removing name and address). You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us.

We will hold your data for one year after the report is produced. After this time we will destroy identifiable data but keep anonymous data for further research.

While we are holding your data, you have the right to:

  • be informed of our uses
  • access
  • rectification and erasure
  • restrict or object to processing
  • not to be subject to automated decision making or profiling
  • appeal to the regulator regarding our use of your data

For more information on our privacy policy and contact details, view our privacy statement (PDF).