A hub for discussions on eradicating poverty and creating a good society

Help us further the discussion on a good society

Following publication of Barry Knight’s Rethinking Poverty, we want to create a space for further discussions and developments and a resource for those working in the field. Here you will find blogs produced and commissioned by us, highlights from other poverty writers and practitioners, and listings and write-ups of events on UK poverty.

Our aim is to create and sustain the narrative on a good society, to help connect promising approaches, and, most importantly, to convene key people and initiatives.

We want to hear from you. Please get in touch with any blogs, research, publications or events you think should be included here. Only through working together will we be able to change the narrative on UK poverty.

To discuss a contribution please contact: carolinehartnell@gmail.com

‘Rethinking Poverty: What Makes a Good Society?’ presents a summary of the work of the Webb Memorial Trust over the past five years.  It is available from Policy Press for £7.99 or to download for free.

Rethinking Poverty

Talking Points: June 2018

Plight of poor people worsening … June has produced plenty of bad news on this front. Analysis by the Centre for Social Justice, a right-wing think-tank, shows that the wages...

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Rethinking poverty, rethinking data

by Michael Weatherburn The publication of Barry Knight’s Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society? (2017) no doubt raised eyebrows when its author suggested that one of the most...

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Talking Points: May 2018

How can funders help develop the kind of civil society we need? How can funders support development of a civil society that will provide ‘a creative response to everything...

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Universal basic services – is this the answer to poverty?

by Caroline Hartnell ‘Focusing on basic services, such as housing, food, communications and transport, is, we conclude, far more effective at driving down the cost of living than spending...

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Are we dancing on the edge?

Beatrice Webb’s observation that poverty has little to do with individual sloth and everything to do with economic mismanagement and social structure led to systematic government action to regulate...

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‘How do we solve poverty if all your jobs depend on it?’ Barry Knight goes on a poverty safari

The title of this article is taken from a quotation from Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey – better known as the rapper Loki. Based on his experience of growing...

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