Civil Society

There is widespread agreement between political parties that the state cannot do all the heavy lifting to reduce poverty.  Civil society has a vital role to play.

The APPG on Poverty worked with Edge Hill University to explore what civil society can do.  The work programme included a review of the growing number of “fairness commissions” and meetings with parliamentarians and those already active in civil society.

Energy costs more when you’re poor: Fair By Design guest blog

Lucie Russell is the Director of Fair By Design, a campaign dedicated to ending the extra costs of being poor. In this blog, Lucie talks about the experiences of the ...Read More

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Jean’s story: contending with the disability price tag

  Jean has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which means her joints dislocate easily and she is in a lot of pain. In this blog, she talks about the additional costs of living ...Read More

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From poverty to security: visualising solutions that make a difference

The Dole Animators are a group of Leeds-based individuals with experience of the benefits system. In 2013 they worked with Liverpool University researcher, Dr Ruth Patrick, to make a ...Read More

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The effects of welfare reform: Sue’s story

Posted on 30 Jul 2017

Sue is part of Dole Animators – a group of people with experience of the social security system in the UK who work together to highlight the effects of welfare reform. ...Read More Read More

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

Posted on 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 – one ...Read More Read More

Event: Whose responsibility is Poverty?

Posted on 20 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 Read More

Secure and Free

Posted on 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 Read More

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

Posted on 14 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 Read More

New APPG Poverty report into Civil Society and Poverty

Posted on 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 Read More

Fairness Commissions: Can they Help Reduce Poverty and Inequality?

Posted on 25 Nov 2013

Roundtable hosted by the APPG on Poverty and the Webb Memorial Trust in Parliament on Tuesday 19th November 2013 On November 19th MPs and members of the House of Lords came together ...Read More Read More

Fairness Commissions to meet in Parliament on 19th November 2013

Posted on 12 Nov 2013

On November 19th representatives from each of the country’s Fairness Commissions will come together for the first time in Parliament to discuss the work of the commissions, the issues they ...Read More Read More

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