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Poverty Select Committee to hear evidence from the UK Poverty Think-Tank


The Tynwald Select Committee on Poverty is taking oral evidence from Baroness Philippa Stroud and Matthew Oakley of the Social Metrics Commission (SMC)  .

Baroness Stroud is the Chief Executive Officer of the Legatum Institute, and a co-founder and former executive director of the think tank, the Centre for Social Justice. She founded the SMC, a body specifically aimed at developing new measures of poverty for the UK. It reported in September 2018 .

Matthew Oakley is from WPI Economics, an economics consultancy specialising in using economic research and data analysis to lead and inform public policy debates. The team is acting as the Secretariat for the SMC.

The Committee is tasked with defining poverty. The aim of the evidence session is to increase awareness and understanding of the SMC approach, as part of the Committee’s evaluation, and to discuss whether and how it could be applied here.

We have chosen to look at the SMC’s definition specifically as it looks at total available resources, unavoidable costs including disability, housing, childcare and debt, equivalised for family size. It is not a simple measure, but a comprehensive one.

The evidence will be taken in public on Monday 22nd July 2019 at 10.30am in the Legislative Council Chamber, Legislative Buildings, Bucks Road, Douglas. Members of the public are welcome to attend or to listen via the audio webcast service on the Tynwald website.

The Members elected to the Committee are Hon. Juan Watterson SHK (Chair), Miss Tanya August-Hanson MLC, and Mr Jason Moorhouse MHK.   


For further information contact:
Committee Clerk
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel:  (01624) 685500
Published - 12/07/2019