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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

Commanding public confidence

By Claire Ainsley

16 May, 2019

For people living in poverty in the UK, the workings of the social security system are too often part of the problem, not part of the solution. People will overwhelmingly talk about the lack of dignity they experience, compounding...

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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...

CLES reports on New Municipalism in London

CLES last month released a new publication, New Municipalism in London, which highlights ‘the actions of three London Boroughs who are seeking to challenge traditional local economic development and return power to their citizens’. According to CLES, New Municipalism...


Event reports and upcoming events on poverty