Catalyst Collaborations: Exploring Poverty and Destitution in Stoke-on-Trent

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Join us for our first this year, Catalyst Collaboration series.

  • Date:
  • Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Location: The Gallery , The Catalyst, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF
  • Category:
  • Public lecture

This Catalyst Collaboration explores poverty and destitution in Stoke-on-Trent.


We draw on national and local data alongside a unique dataset provided by Citizens Advice Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent since the COVID-19 pandemic.


Through client-contact with Citizens Advice, we better understand the lived experiences of residents. We discuss the City region’s underlying problems including low-paid jobs and reliance on welfare benefits. The implications of this for national and local government, particularly in the context of further austerity cuts, highlights the urgent need for alternative policies to adequately address poverty in Stoke-on-Trent.


This ‘Levelling-Up’ topic is tackled by Professor David Etherington and Professor Martin Jones of Staffordshire University, both experts in local and regional economic development and labour market geographies. They are joined by Simon Harris, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent. Simon is a member of the Stoke Hardship Commission and an expert on citizens’ advice, welfare rights and poverty trends. 

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