Introduced with the best of intentions, they have grown and morphed beyond reason – more so than Macpherson could surely have imagined.
The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
The first in a mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on Covid-19 – and helping those in deep poverty.
We are allowing others to create a narrative for us, and in the absence of an agreed poverty measure and subsequent strategy, we always will.
I urge Ministers to make one simple change to the Domestic Abuse Bill – to start the necessary recording of data of victims and survivors.
The next step is for a commission to be established that can develop solutions to the current inequalities we have seen.
The Government needs to expand the definition of ‘vulnerable’ to include carers and families with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
To respect devolution, the UK Government must not impose such a drastic development on the Province. Is this a test run for England?
The Government’s current approach to contracts locks out small, specialist providers in exchange for a handful of multinationals.
Plus: More Ronseal, please. And: If the Treasury wants to flick multiple V-signs at blue collar voters, it will put up fuel duty.
There has been no consultation with those who live in the part of the UK that these changes would affect.
The former Minister for Disabled People contributes the first article in a three-part mini-series on reform to the adult social care system.
We must tackle causes of poverty, not symptoms: educational failure, worklessness, family breakdown, debt, addiction, disability, exposure to crime, poor housing.
For too long, much of the political and policy debate on this has not been focused on the action needed to drive better outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our society.
Government should be passionate about self-reliance, but we must also recognise the transformative power of an enabling state.