New Statesman 2016 Supplement: If you don’t take action, who will? A Good Society Without Poverty
Whose responsibility is poverty?
There is a growing consensus that current narratives around poverty have failed and that a new approach is needed to create a good society – one that requires collective action from government, charities, business and communities and which is willing to try new ways of working.
The question of how to end poverty in Britain has been central to the work of social reformers since Beatrice Webb’s 1909 Minority Report on the Poor Law challenged society to end destitution. However, top-down technocratic responses to poverty have proved inadequate and ill-suited to contemporary Britain. The key question to ask, therefore, is not how to end poverty, but “who should end poverty?”
In responding to this question, contributors to this year’s Webb Memorial Trust New Statesman supplement have examined themes of responsibility, agency, and power. The supplement includes articles from Oxfam, the Centre for Local Economic Studies, University of Warwick Employment Institute and The Fabian Society, among others.
Read a transcript of the launch event for Whose Responsibility is Poverty? held in Parliament on 26 October 2016