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Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission (EPIC)

In summer 2019, we 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.

During the rest of the year, the commission reviewed data and engaged with residents and organisations through meetings, events, focus groups and interviews.

The commission finished its work in December 2019 and made a series of recommendations they believe will help Enfield Council and local partner agencies address the issues of poverty and inequality in our borough.

It also made a clear recommendation that central government should reflect on how the public sector, including local authorities are funded in future.  

The final report of the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission was launched at the House of Lords in Westminster on Monday 20 January 2020.

The next task will be for Enfield Council and its partners to consider how best to carry out the recommendations.

View the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission final report (PDF).

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.