The final report of the Furness Poverty Commission - 'Shining a Light on Hidden Deprivation in Furness' was today launched at Barrow town hall to an invited audience of 100 representatives from schools, churches, public bodies and other agencies.
The commission was established by John Woodcock last December, tasked with investigating the extent of both urban and rural poverty in Furness, and identifying practical, deliverable objectives to tackle it. The commission has taken evidence from many Furness residents, forty schools and large numbers of other stakeholders.
Speaking at the launch, John Woodcock described the findings of the commission - of real, grinding poverty across Furness - as 'a call to arms'. The full report and recommendations can be accessed here.