During the week of International Day to End Poverty and Challenge Poverty Week APLE Collective visited the heart of government. We hosted the APPG Poverty on Wednesday 19th October at Portcullis House, APLE Collective members travelled the length and breadth of the UK, flying in from Glasgow and travelling by train from Cornwall to give just two examples of the tremendous effort our Collective have to go to have our voice heard.

“I felt we were really listened to by those who attended, MPs from Wales talked about some good practice in their area, it will be worth following up with those who we made links with.”

Brian Scott, PTC

After being ushered into Portcullis house and welcomed by David Linden SNP and Baroness Ruth Lister we discussed our lived experience of the changing landscape of the digital divide before beginning an in-depth discussion with Beth Winter MP, Peter Grant SNP and members of Poverty Alliance, Poverty Strategy Commission and Good Things Foundation. We ended our conversation with the commitment to produce a start for ten documents for the APPG Poverty which will detail our asks on behalf of APLE Collective. 

“Our voices came across pretty strong, although it was a bit hectic at times  because it was Prime ministers question time.”

Chris Burns