As we approach 2015, politicians of all parties are beginning to define the ideas that will shape our public services for the future. But what does this thinking really mean for those facing multiple needs and exclusions?
On Wednesday 5th March 2014 the Fabian Society in association with Centre Forum and the Centre for Social Justice launched Within Reach: The new politics of multiple needs and exclusions at an event in Parliament.
In Within Reach politicians and policy experts from across the political spectrum outline how our services need to change to provide the kind of support the most vulnerable in our society really need:
- Lisa Nandy MP, shadow minister for civil society, looks at how to invest in relationships
- Richard Reeves, associate director of CentreForum, says that independence, not inclusion, should be the goal of a liberal approach to disadvantage
- Christian Guy, director of the Centre for Social Justice, assesses the impact of the coalition on social justice
- Lord Michael Bichard, cross bench peer, asks why changing public services is so difficult
- Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, takes a look at what the evidence tells us about the most excluded
- Simon Parker, director of the New Local Government Network, looks at the potential power of localism
- Deborah Mattinson, director of BritainThinks, assesses public attitudes to the most vulnerable
Within Reach was edited by Ed Wallis and Oliver Hilbery and kindly supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation.