The council hope to announce during Challenge Poverty Week that it will appoint Dr Jim McCormick as the chair of the new Edinburgh Poverty Commission.

Dr McCormick is the Associate Director at Joseph Rowntree Foundation which is an independent organisation working to inspire social change. He is regarded as an expert researcher working to address poverty in the UK, and has a track record of working with the Government, public sector agencies and the voluntary sector on practical solutions.

Councillor Cammy Day Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council

Councillor Cammy Day who is also Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council will be vice-chair and the group is to work on ways of defining actions and responses to reduce poverty and inequality in Edinburgh.

They will take a strategic overview of the scale and nature of poverty in the capital and will pay particular attention to those who have experienced poverty firsthand. They will work alongside charities like EVOC and Cyrenians.

Cllr Day and Dr McCormick will then recruit around ten commission members from business, third sector. and government.

The commission will meet formally four times a year with final publication of their recommendations by December 2019.

The decision to form the Edinburgh Poverty Commission was taken in June this year.