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Rethinking Poverty is a hub for discussions on eradicating poverty and creating a good society

Here you will find blogs from us and other poverty writers, and information on key initiatives and events on UK poverty. Our aim is to create the narrative on a good society and to help connect key people and promising approaches.

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On eradicating poverty and creating a good society

Major repairs

By Stephen Timms

19 June, 2019

An incoming Labour government will be confronted with the severe problems currently facing claimants grappling with universal credit. What will the Labour party need to do to put social security back on track? Tory ministers claimed universal credit would...

Social justice and climate justice must go hand in hand

By Stephen Pittam

18 June, 2019

In April I attended Ariadne’s annual meeting in Belfast. Ariadne is a European peer-to-peer network of over 600 funders and philanthropists who support social change and human rights. Participants enjoyed the special hospitality that Belfast always offers its visiting...

Reporting on poverty: why the tone matters

By Manny Hothi

11 June, 2019

Is the angry and exasperated tone of Phillip Alston’s report on poverty in the UK counter-productive? Let’s compare this with responses to climate change. For years David Attenborough and the BBC have made comfortable programmes about the wonders of...

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45 Degree Change

The space where bottom-up local initiatives meet top-down institutions to create change

45 Degree Change: where bottom up meets top down

By Neal Lawson and Caroline Hartnell

21 November, 2018

We want to change the world.  Of course that means ending poverty and stopping climate change. The problem is, though, we really don’t know how to do it.  Two models – the bureaucratic welfare state and the free market...

The state we want

By Caroline Hartnell and Barry Knight

23 January, 2019

Here, we follow up the article by Neal Lawson and Caroline Hartnell on ‘45 Degree Change’ and examine initiatives identified by Aditya Chakrabortty in a series of articles called ‘The Alternatives’, which ran in the Guardian from January to...

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Talking Points

Highlights from all discussions on poverty and a good society

Talking Points: April 2019

By Rethinking Poverty

1 May, 2019

 The big development this month is the re-emergence of the Green New Deal in the UK, offering a way forward to address poverty, inequality and climate change. Also this month: new research on the grotesque imbalance in land ownership...


Event reports and upcoming events on poverty