I’ve got two gigs today. One chairing and interviewing at the launch of a new campaign about the needs of people with complex problems organised by Homeless Link, another speaking to a conference hosted by UrbanBuzz on knowledge transfer projects. I’m still finalising what I’m going to say at the second of these, but I am even more motivated to do a good job on the first having just been sent a powerful piece by Mark Johnson.
I’ve met Mark a few times. As someone who has himself led a chaotic life and had to work incredibly hard to get things back on track he is always worth listening to.
Meeting the needs of the most troubled families has emerged as a Government priority in recent years. These are the people left behind by a generally rising tide of affluence. But as the tide recedes and the public money declines will we still give this group the attention they so badly need?
The public are ahead of policy-makers and, indeed, most of the business world. COP26 is an enormous opportunity to catch up. Global leaders should take it.
Al Mathers Anthony Painter
How can the government tackle the UK's chronic and enduring regional inequalities? We explore three plausible areas of focus for levelling up: economic development, social cohesion, and community power and identity.
Hannah Webster reflects on new research that highlights the difficulty for those with long-term health conditions to achieve economic security.