How we work

The following principles set out how we will work as a Commission. We will be:

Courageous and honest

  • Say what is right, not what is easy
  •  Drive progress and change by providing constructive challenge


  • Use evidence, from statistics and from people’s testimony, to inform, scrutinise and monitor progress

Listening and accessible

  • Be visible, accessible and available
  • Listen to those who wish to be heard, especially those with expertise and direct lived experience of poverty and inequality

Promoting dignity and respect

  • Tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with poverty


  • Speak up for and amplify the voices of people who are not often heard


  • Keep people, their lives, their potential, and their individuality at the centre of what we do

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