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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.

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

View the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission Update May 2021 (PDF).

The commission was chaired by Baroness Tyler of Enfield and a panel of 12 commissioners with a broad range of experience and expertise:

  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Chair)
  • Greg Beales - Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns, Shelter
  • Chandra Bhatia – Chief Executive, Enfield Racial Equality Council
  • Pamela Burke - Chief Executive, Enfield Carers Centre
  • Sam Gurney - Regional Secretary, London TUC
  • Jill Harrison - Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Enfield
  • Jo Ikhelef - Chief Executive, Enfield Voluntary Action
  • 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 was supported by the Smith Institute, an independent think tank.