Call for expression of interest to host NE Child Poverty Commission

Call for expression of interest to host NECPC issued by the independent chair (Jane Streather)

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) was established in 2011 having evolved from previous regional groups involving all Local Authorities, voluntary sector organisations and Government agencies running from 2005. This history, which continues to have a strong and committed membership, represents a deep and lasting commitment to influence policies and practices affecting child poverty in the North East. The network has a core membership and a wider less formal group of supporters. Bishop Paul Butler of Durham is a patron of the Commission and he frequently raises issues concerning poverty in the House of Lords.

The Commission is currently hosted by the Institute of Local Governance (ILG) in Durham University Business School. Because of changes at the ILG we are now seeking a new host organisation from March 2019. The NECPC is a ‘strategic partner’ of the Millfield House Foundation and a new three year grant application will be considered in February. Should that application be successful a new Co-ordinator (following the departure of Deborah Harrison) will be appointed to take forward the Commission’s work in partnership with its members. Central to this role will be knowledge of research and policy analysis to be communicated and promoted through briefings, networking, events and effective use of social media.

The NECPC shares perspectives regarding the causes of poverty which are mainly structural and not behavioural. It recognises that poverty is multi-factorial with diverse consequences. However, low incomes compared to the majority which limit opportunities, choices in life, stigmatize and exclude children and their families from belonging and participating in society is not acceptable, nor inevitable. The NECPC seeks social justice and change; so it must engage with politics and policy. A host organisation must be comfortable with this and with the independence of the Commission to act as it sees fit.

The process

The NECPC has agreed to put out a call for expressions of interest. Please download a briefing which provides a guide to applicants with an interest in hosting.

  • In the first instance, we would need a short (no more than 2 pages) response to the above requirements. We are also interested in any benefits that you think could be brought to both parties by your organisation being the host.
  • The independent Chair of the NECPC, Jane Streather, will set up a panel to evaluate the submissions, followed by discussions with a shortlist of applicants to assess the best fit.
  • We would hope to have a decision following this process by the second week in January at the latest. This means the timetable will be:
  • Initial submissions by Friday 7th December
  • Panel date – 17th December – location tbc

A range of organisations is being invited to consider this offer- voluntary organisations, Local Authorities, Universities and think tanks. Some will be Commission members but our trawl goes wider.

Contact, information and submissions:

Phillip Edwards at Durham University:

0191 334 9293