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Webb Memorial Trust at 2017 Party Conferences

05 Sep 2017

Rethinking Poverty – Party Conferences 2017 Solutions to poverty are hard to come by. ¬†The traditional remedies of the postwar settlement ‚Äď work and welfare ‚Äď are no longer...

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Discover Society: Let’s talk about security and freedom

31 Aug 2017

This article was written for Discover Society Let’s talk about security and freedom We live by the stories we tell ourselves.  The most important storyline is how to live...

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Policy Press Blog: What’s next for poverty?

31 Aug 2017

In a blog for Policy Press, Barry Knight, Webb Memorial Trust Director asks: What’s next for poverty? Progress on poverty has stalled.  The proportion of people living in poverty...

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6 July 2017 – From poverty to security: developing solutions grounded in the expertise of experience

27 Jun 2017

 Thursday 6th July 2016, 14.15-16.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament. Tea & coffee from 14.00 Join the Webb Memorial Trust and the All Party Parliamentary Group on... Read More

The Unusual Suspects Festival: Not Poor, Just Skint – 15 June 2017

01 Jun 2017

We’re delighted to announce that we will be a part of The Unusual Suspects Festival from 14th-16th June. The festival is a unique set of collaborative, events, hosted by different organisations... Read More

18 January: APPG on Poverty event with End Child Poverty

13 Jan 2017

Feeling the Pinch ‚Äď Shrinking family income, rising prices and the poverty premium 18 January 2017, 09.30-11.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House The APPG on Poverty and the End Child... Read More

Winner of The Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition

05 Jan 2017

  ‘In the light of Brexit, what can low income communities in the UK do to organise themselves to become more resilient and self-sufficient?’ Congratulations to Amy-Grace Whillans-Wheldrake, winner... Read More

New Statesman 2016 Supplement: If you don’t take action, who will? A Good Society Without Poverty

27 Oct 2016

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 ‚Äď one... Read More

Event Report: What is the future of social housing?

21 Oct 2016

Most commentators now agree that the shortage of housing in the UK is reaching crisis proportions, with rental costs rising sharply and those on low incomes particularly seriously affected.... Read More

Event: Whose Responsibility is Poverty?

12 Oct 2016

Wednesday 26th October 2016, 09.00-10.00, Jubilee Room (off Westminster Hall), Houses of Parliament.¬† Launch of the Webb Memorial Trust’s annual New Statesman supplement How to end poverty? This has¬†been... Read More

Event: ‘What is the future of social housing?’

04 Oct 2016

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 14.15-16.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Tea & coffee available from 14.00. Co-hosted by APPG on Poverty and APPG on Housing & Planning What is the future... Read More

Blog: Whose Responsibility is Poverty?

30 Aug 2016

In October 2016 the New Statesman will publish its annual Webb Memorial Trust supplement. This year we explore the theme of agency; who has the understanding, responsibility, and power to bring about... Read More

New Statesman and Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition

22 Aug 2016

New Statesman and Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition. First prize: ¬£1,000.             Competition: All interested young people are invited to submit an essay of... Read More

Blog: Neil McInroy on Forging a Good Local Society

27 Jul 2016

  For too long we have either turned a blind eye to poverty and disadvantage or hoped that a general rising tide of economic wealth would trickle down. The... Read More

Launch of ‘Forging a Good Local Society’ with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies

13 Jul 2016

Forging a Good Local Society: Tackling Poverty Through a Local Economic Reset The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the Webb Memorial Trust invite you to the London... Read More

EVENT: Tuesday 28 June – Concepts of a Good Society: The Response of Civil Society to Food Poverty

23 May 2016

Tuesday 28th June, 10.00-11.00, Committee Room 17, House of Commons Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty What makes a Good Society? In conversation with Adrian Curtis,... Read More

Children’s Voices and Poverty

22 May 2016

Barry Knight, Director of the Webb Memorial Trust, contributed a chapter to Effective Philanthropy: Another Take published in April 2016 by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace to coincide with... Read More

Blog: What is the role of business in reducing poverty in the UK?

13 May 2016

by Caroline Hartnell What is the role of business in reducing poverty? This was the question before a meeting hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty (APPG)... Read More

Secure and Free

28 Apr 2016

Insecurity has become pervasive. It permeates the lives not just of the marginalised but also the reasonably well off. In/security is not simply the latest political fad restricted to the chattering classes,... Read More

EVENT: Tuesday 3 May – What is the role of business in reducing UK poverty?

12 Apr 2016

Tuesday 3rd May, 15:30-17:00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster Companies are in the spotlight because the UK government is vigorously seeking work-based solutions to poverty and at the same... Read More

EVENT: Wednesday 27 April: Launch of Secure & Free, 5+ steps to tackle socio-economic insecurity

08 Apr 2016

Wednesday 27th April, 09.30-11.00, Jubilee Room (off Westminster Hall), Palace of Westminster. Join Compass and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty for the launch of Secure and Free: 5+... Read More

The Language of Poverty: Workshop Report

15 Mar 2016

The word ‚Äėpoverty‚Äô features heavily in the lexicon of British politics. The Prime Minister has proposed an “all-out assault on poverty,‚ÄĚ Labour MPs and peers recently campaigned hard to... Read More

Whose Land is it Anyway?

18 Feb 2016

Richard Rawes, Chair of the Webb Memorial Trust, reflects on recent events at the Town and Country Planning Association, Institute of Economic Development and New Economics Foundation. The Trust... Read More

New Statesman 2015 Supplement: Business and Poverty

17 Nov 2015

Should business play a role in addressing poverty in the UK? Who should solve the problem of poverty in the UK? This is a central question posed by the Webb... Read More

Planning4People

27 Oct 2015

The planning system was invented to help provide a good home, for everyone, in a healthy, thriving place. But in the last few decades something has gone badly wrong. Instead... Read More

Business must spearhead action on decreasing in-work poverty

29 Apr 2015

 A report launched today commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust discusses how in-work poverty is the product of three variables: levels of pay, levels of in-work benefits, and the... Read More

Round the clock: In-work poverty and the hours question

29 Apr 2015

Low-paid parents can be helped to overcome the greater barriers they face in striking the right balance for their families between work and parenting through better childcare support, more responsive... Read More

A Future Without Poverty – Conference Summary

24 Mar 2015

Detailed summary of 'A Future Without Poverty' cross-party conference organised by The Fabian Society and Bright Blue on 2nd March 2015 at the Hallam Conference Centre. Read More

Young Voices: Liverpool PEN performance

23 Mar 2015

¬† An arresting start to the proceedings was provided by the Seasons Playhouse in Liverpool, ‚ÄėYoung Voices‚Äô. Part of the Poverty Ends Now (PEN) initiative, the actors spoke brief... Read More

Putting poverty at the heart of the 2015 General Election – Alan Milburn

10 Mar 2015

Many thanks to the Fabian Society and Bright Blue for organising today’s event and to the Fabians for your important Inequality 2030 report.  Thanks are also due to the Webb Memorial... Read More

The Society We Want

01 Mar 2015

Research commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust by leading pollster YouGov on attitudes to poverty in the UK has shown the qualities that people most treasured were social ones... Read More

Conference: ‘A Future Without Poverty’

29 Jan 2015

Monday 2 March 2015, 10am-5pm | Hallam Conference Centre 44 Hallam Street, London, United Kingdom W1W 6JJ This conference, jointly organised by the Fabian Society and Bright Blue in partnership with the Webb Memorial Trust,... Read More

Winner of 2014 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition announced

22 Dec 2014

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition, Adam Ludlow. Read More

Paul Goggins Memorial Prize Winner: The Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project

08 Sep 2014

In spring 2014 the Webb Memorial Trust launched the Paul Goggins Memorial Prize. Paul Goggins MP was the Secretary of the APPG Poverty and a champion of the anti-poverty agenda in... Read More

Paul Goggins Memorial Prize

14 May 2014

The APPG on Poverty and the Webb Memorial Trust are  honoured to announce the Paul Goggins Memorial Prize. Paul Goggins MP was the Secretary of the APPG Poverty and a... Read More

New APPG Poverty report into Civil Society and Poverty

14 May 2014

The APPG Poverty, Webb Memorial Trust and The New Statesman hosted an event in the House of Commons on 6th May to launch a new report into Civil Society and Poverty with... Read More

Press Release: Civil society and Poverty

12 May 2014

Press release May 2014 to accompany New Statesman/Webb Memorial Trust supplement and launch of APPG Poverty report into civil society and poverty Read More

Civil Society and Poverty: New Statesman Annual Supplement Launch May 6th

04 Apr 2014

Many of the actors that have the potential to address poverty are in serious retreat in 2014. Local authorities face year on year cuts and the voluntary sector is in survivalist mode. There... Read More

Fabian Women’s Network Beatrice Webb Essay Series

26 Mar 2014

The Webb Memorial Trust have teamed up with the Fabian Women’s Network to produce a series of articles on Beatrice Webb. The series of five essays will be launched... Read More

Growing pay gaps are hurting business

18 Mar 2014

Deborah Hargreaves, Director of the High Pay Centre, discusses some of the main findings from a recent report commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust on pay ratios. Read More