To coincide with the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, we are holding a week for all of us to raise our voices to challenge poverty in the capital and show what needs to be done to sort it out.

You can support the week by speaking out and taking part in events.

Find details of activities and materials to share at 


In London, we believe in protecting and taking care of each other, but the scale of poverty is damaging our shared values of compassion and justice. So during this week people across the capital will be joining forces to highlight the reality of poverty in the capital as well as the great work being done to loosen the grip that poverty has on London families.

It’s not right how low-paid and insecure work, high housing costs and our social security system are locking people into poverty.

Nobody wants to live in a society where parents have to turn to foodbanks to feed their children, but for lots of families in our city, this is a reality every day.

It doesn’t have to be like this though. Everyone, from national and local governments and the Mayor, to employers and local communities, has a role to play.

Together, we can build an economy and create a city that works for everyone, that no matter where they live, gives them a decent life.

We’ve made progress in tackling poverty before, let’s do it again. Let’s sortitout… together.

#LDNChallengePoverty #sortitout


The main aims of the week are to:

  • Increase visibility of the reality of poverty in London
  • Encourage positive debate and discussion about poverty
  • Show what is being done to tackle poverty & the solutions we know exist.

 Please join us!




Last year 4in10 held the first ever London Challenge Poverty Week. Organisations large and small  supported London Challenge Poverty Week to celebrate the breadth and creativity of solutions to poverty that we see in London, provoking conversations about how poverty can be overcome – and showing our capital coming together to challenge how poverty is constraining our families.
The following events were held:


Working Well? Young job seekers and Jobcentre Plus in London 
Policy recommendation roundtable held by 4in10 and the Young Women’s Trust.

The research explored the role of Jobcentre Plus in the lives of young jobseekers. It looks at whether the Government’s flagship Youth Obligation scheme addresses the specific needs of young job-seekers by providing appropriate, personalised, employment-focused support that enables young people to enter secure, quality employment. The research using London as a case study and made recommendations. Download the report.


Behind Closed Doors

End Hunger UK exhibition in the House of Commons to raise awareness of the nature, scale, causes and experiences of food insecurity in Britain today. The exhibition was displayed in support of Emma Lewell-Buck's Food Insecurity Bill, calling for a government led measurement of household food insecurity in the UK.

End Hunger UK Campaign Conference 2018  
On World Food Day, October 16th 2018, the End Hunger UK campaign convened its second annual conference in Westminster to discuss the growing movement around household food insecurity in the UK.  A panel led by Church Action on Poverty reported research by JRF and the FrameWorks Institute into effective ways to shift public discourse about poverty. More.

Young parents: flexible working, childcare and training - Young Parents event at GLA,
Partnership for Young London

This event, led by a group of young parents, examined what can be done in London to provide more flexible opportunities to those seeking employment. Following on from the report, Young Parents in London: Living with Precariousness, this event is suited to those who work with young parents, especially in relation to employment.

WEDNESDAY 17 - UN Day for Eradication of Poverty

London's Voluntary Sector: Picking Up The Pieces

Report Launch with Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder QC. Toynbee Hall 8:30am to 10:30am 

Read the report.

The event heard the voices and expertise of those on the frontline of London's child poverty crisis and the solutions low income families in the capital urgently need. 

How meaningful participation by people with direct experience of poverty can create positive social change.
ATD Fourth World
organised a two-part event, led by people with lived experience of poverty including a panel discussion, a commemoration with messages and music.

London Child Poverty Summit.

The Childhood Trust, in partnership with the London School of Economics UN Society, Hosted the event to share, discuss and document the challenges facing disadvantaged children in London.


Holding on or moving up? Supporting carers and parents in employment

Research report launch from Coram Family and Childcare. Download the report.

Communities and Housing in a 'ChildFair' State 

A roundtable discussion hosted by Children England and Peabody Trust.


Providing a social safety net: how local authorities can support residents during the roll out of Universal Credit

Event hosted by Trust for London with London Child Poverty Alliance.

The move to Universal Credit is leaving many low-income households short of money and in need of help. This event looked at how local authorities can support local residents when money is tight, and prevent them from falling into debt or destitution.