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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

Communities in control: a local democracy laboratory

By Roy Payne

16 April, 2019

The government’s new Working with Communities policy is important because it establishes the principle of ‘community consent’ to long-term planning decisions affecting the local community. This has the potential to change the power balance between central and local government...

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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

A Green New Deal is what post-Brexit Britain needs

Following their meeting on Good Green Jobs For All on 1 April, which Rethinking Poverty reported on, the New Economics Foundation last week launched their new pamphlet on why a UK Green New Deal is what post-Brexit Britain needs....


Event reports and upcoming events on poverty