Niall Cooper bio

Niall Cooper has been Director of Church Action on Poverty since 1997, and has been responsible for piloting a number of new approaches to anti-poverty work in the UK, drawing on international development experience, as well as running high profile campaigns on food poverty, debt and asylum-related issues. 

In May 2013 he co-authored Walking the Breadline (Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam) which helped to put the issue of food poverty – and its links to welfare reform and benefit issues – on the public and political agenda, and led to the establishment of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Food Poverty’s Feeding Britain inquiry. 

In May 2014, this was followed up by Below the Breadline (Church Action on Poverty, Oxfam and Trussell Trust) which re-affirmed the findings of the initial report, and again secured national media attention.  He was also a member of the Fabian Society’s Commission on Food and Poverty, which reported in October 2015.

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