London Challenge Poverty Week

11-17 October 2021

This year, London Challenge Poverty Week took place from 11 to 17 October 2021. Thank you so much to all the organisations, individuals and supporters who took part this year calling for a #PovertyFreeLondon

London Challenge Poverty Week has been running annually since 2018 and is held every year in the week around the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.  

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. 

In 2021 London Challenge Poverty Week was needed more than ever. Many in our city have had £20 a week cut from their Universal Credit and increasing costs  including significant increases in fuel prices, will push people further into poverty. We needed to come together to demonstrate what this would mean: that more will go hungry, lose their homes or be cold this winter. We called for an urgent commitment from politicians and decision makers, activists, employers, employees, trade unions, public services, voluntary organisations and local communities, to come together and challenge poverty once and for all 

London Challenge Poverty Week is open to all who share the aim of creating a city free from poverty, where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity. Anyone can get involved by holding or joining an event or activity.  

About Us

London Challenge Poverty Week is coordinated by 4in10: London’s Child Poverty Network, supported by a steering group whose members include Londoners with experience of living in poverty and representatives from: 

London Challenge Poverty Week also receives support from many other organisations who work alongside families on low incomes in the capital. 

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.  

If you are struggling at the moment, please visit the Giving and Getting Help section on the 4in10 website.