London Challenge Poverty Week

London Challenge Poverty Week is coordinated by 4in10: London’s Child Poverty Network. We also work in partnership with The Poverty Alliance who coordinate Challenge Poverty Week in Scotland and Church Action on Poverty who coordinate Challenge Poverty Week  England and Wales.  

London Challenge Poverty Week provides an annual opportunity to put the spotlight on the reality of poverty in London and to campaign collectively for meaningful change. Through a programme of events and activities, the week brings Londoners together to: 

  • Increase the visibility of the reality of poverty in London; 
  • Encourage positive debate and discussion about poverty; and 
  • Show what is being done to tackle poverty and call for the changes we need to end it. 

London Challenge Poverty Week has grown year-on-year.

Last year, dozens of elected officials, hundreds of organisations held activities, and thousands engaged online to call for a #PovertyFreeLondon 

This year London Challenge Poverty Week will take place from Monday 16th October (the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty) to Sunday 22nd October!


Elected Representative Engagement


In London Challenge Poverty Week 2022 we were happy to see MPs, Councillors, and London Assembly members from across the political spectrum come together to call for a #PovertyFreeLondon

Whilst actions speak louder than words, the engagement from MPs and Councillors speaks to both the recognition of poverty as a significant issue in London and also the desire to change that.

In 2022, it was encouraging to see the Mayor of London engage with London Challenge Poverty week. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commenced his engagement with the week on Twitter by stating his commitment to calls to action to tackle poverty in the capital.

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London, Communities and Social Justice, delivered a speech at London Child Poverty Summit ,whilst Sadiq Khan responded to a question from Marina Ahmad, Lambeth & Southwark Assembly Member, regarding his action on London Challenge Poverty Week.

A number of elected officials took part in events. These include ‘Helpin People Through the Cost of Living Crisis: Practical Solutions for Councils’. A webinar held by The London Child Poverty Alliance and London Councils, to help councillors and local authority officials tackle the cost-of-living crisis in their communities.

At the London Child Poverty Summit, Munira Wilson MP (Twickenham), Emma Best (London Assembly Member), Zoe Garbett (Dalston Ward Councillor) and Anne Clarke (London Assembly member) featured on a closing panel discussing the causes and solutions to child poverty.

Activities and Events


Dozens of activities and events took place across the most recent London Challenge Poverty Week. Below is just a flavour of what occurred, visit the ‘2022 Story’ page to view all the activities first-hand. This year the activities included:

  • London Child Poverty Summit
  • Online art exhibition on poverty in London
  • New research on: the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on families, experience of poverty amongst older Londoners, new borough level poverty data and more
  • Food growing and cooking workshops
  • blogs from young people on the reality of poverty in the UK.
  • A dance piece from a local youth group
  • Launch of films which challenge poverty
  • Fuel, food and financial wellbeing advice events.
  • Blogs on all kinds of issues!

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