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VIN now hosts a Poverty Truth Commission in West Northamptonshire.

More details on what a Truth Commission is can be found here - https://poverty-truth.org.uk/

The statistics on Poverty are frightening. The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) recently reported that 4.5 million people are experiencing the deepest levels of poverty in the UK and have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The proportion of the UK population in “deep poverty” has risen more than a third from 5% to 7% over the last two decades, while the overall poverty rate has remained largely unchanged.

This means there are 1.7 million more people in deep poverty ( living on less than half of what they need to stay above the poverty line) compared to 20 years ago.

In West Northamptonshire, 78,000 individuals are suffering with income deprivation. Approximately 13,000 households are in fuel poverty and 12,000 children live in poverty.

In North Northamptonshire, 37,400 households are experiencing some form of income deprivation, with 11,530 households in fuel poverty. In 2018/19, 2,600 adults were homeless, with 2,949 living in overcrowded housing conditions.

"Poverty has a cumulative negative effect on people’s health throughout their life. During early childhood it influences cognitive and physical development…[and] has long-term implications for children’s ‘life chances’ and health in adulthood. Unemployment, low-paid work, inadequate benefit entitlements, a lack of affordable and poor quality housing and living in deprived neighbourhoods have negative health impacts.”

Michael Marmot (2020), Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years on.