Penzance Citizens Panel on Housing

What if a group of ordinary people were given a safe space, key information and expert facilitation to discuss and decide on important  issues affecting their community? What would be their recommendations? And what would be the response of their elected representatives?

To find out the answer to those questions, Penzance is to have its own citizens panel on housing and low pay and the first session is Thursday October 17th.  The project is being run by Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum, which works  at a local level to address issues of low pay, poverty  and homelessness.

The challenge set for the panel:
“High housing costs, low paid insecure work, eviction and homelessness are all issues that blight local communities in Cornwall, including Penzance. How can we as a community come together to address these issues?”

The citizens panel will listen to a range of speakers, ask questions and assess evidence. They will then deliberate among themselves in order to arrive at a set of conclusions and recommendations based on what they have heard. Elected representatives will also be invited to speak.

While the panel sessions are closed to the public, presentations by speakers will be posted online for public comment and you can see more here

For more information contact Gavin Barker at

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