Earlier this month JRF launched We can solve poverty in the UK – A strategy for businesses, communities, governments and citizens. Solving poverty is not only the job of governments. It’s a responsibility we all share to our country and the people who live in it. National and local governments, businesses, communities and citizens must all come together and act now. If we fail to do so, poverty will increase, creating an even bigger risk to our country today, and for future generations.
Poverty is real in the UK. It is shameful that in the 21st century, 13 million people in our country are living in poverty. It is time for governments, business and communities to work together to solve poverty once and for all. Poverty causes harm to us all and it is in all our interests to solve it: dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 for every person Poverty can be solved. JRF has launched a five point plan to solve poverty in the UK that will:
Boost incomes and reduce costs
Deliver an effective benefit system
Improve education standards and raise skills
Strengthen families and communities
Promoting long-term economic growth benefiting everyone
This event will explore how society as a whole can look to reduce poverty, as opposed to merely a government-led and imposed approach. In particular, the panellists will consider what role the Labour party can play in this; how they can support the Government to reduce poverty, and help equip civil society to do so as well. The panel will seek to identify how a comprehensive cross-party and cross-society approach to poverty can be achieved, and what it would look like.
Lynn Collins - Regional Secretary, TUC North West
Mark O'Brien - Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
Dan Jarvis - MP
Julia Unwin - Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust