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Toynbee Hall to host a debate on the Poverty Premium

Published: 20 Aug 2015


Also known as a tax on the poor, the Poverty Premium means the poorest people in our society pay more to access essential goods and services such as food, housing, utilities and big value essential items. For the poorest residents in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, this can mean paying over £1000 a year more.

One hundred people will gather at Toynbee Hall to discuss and explore the Poverty Premium at the second in a series of our contemporary ‘smoking room debates’, chaired by Channel 4’s Jon Snow.

The debates are one of the ways we highlight the issues that have the biggest impact on the people we support, bringing them to the attention of those that can do something about them, while also giving people within our community a platform to share their opinions on the issues that affect them.

Those taking part include a broad spectrum of Poverty Premium experts from organisations such as Money Advice Service, Visa, The Children’s Society, Link, the Consumer Finance Association, Runnymead Trust, PayPoint, the Financial Inclusion Commission and the Centre for Responsible Credit. This is in addition to an audience of around 100 people, including representatives from charities, think tanks, front line delivery agencies, educational establishments and people with lived experience of the Premium. All of whom will explore, discuss and answer the question: the Poverty Premium: a fact of life or easily eradicated?

There are a small number of tickets available. See below for booking details.

Date and venue
Wednesday 16 September, 7.30pm at Toynbee Hall

Book tickets via Eventbrite

For more information contact:

Nisha Damji
Communications and Events Coordinator