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500,000 people – including 150,000 children - in the North East live in poverty.

The majority of them are likely to live in households where at least one person is working.

£1 in every £5 of public spending goes on services that are necessary because poverty exists.

The Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a key role in delivering services to those people living in poverty and campaigning for long-term structural change.

A range of VONNE members are focussed on poverty alleviation while many others work with those on low incomes or who are otherwise struggling to make ends meet.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is campaigning for a poverty-free UK, underpinned by detailed research, policy suggestions, and practical advice and support.

We Can Solve Poverty in the UK is JRF’s comprehensive strategy to tackle poverty in the UK. 


In 2016 VONNE’s Annual Conference was organised around ‘Tackling Poverty Together’. There are a range of presentations from speakers including the from JRF, the North East Child Poverty Commission and Bishop of Durham.

Conference speakers and sponsors wrote blogs on the conference theme and NECPC shared a briefing note on the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a stakeholder group that believes that all children should have an equal chance in life and includes senior representatives from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It aims to be an effective lobbying, influencing and campaigning group that can help to build public support for actions that improve the lives of children living in poverty the region.

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has developed a Poverty Proofing Tool for voluntary organisations to use.