Publications

REPORT: Civil Society and a Good Society

03 Nov 2017

Civil Society and a Good Society: Conclusions from Collaborative Conversations The Webb Memorial Trust commissioned Edge Hill University’s Institute of Public Policy and Professional Practice to examine civil society’s response...

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Buy or Download Rethinking Poverty

14 Sep 2017

Rethinking Poverty – What Makes a Good Society? In our society, a wealthy minority flourish, while around one-fifth experience chronic poverty and many people on middle incomes fear for...

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E-BOOK: Housing, poverty and the good society: what can we achieve by 2025?

22 Feb 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, which was heavily influenced by Beatrice and Sidney Webb’s research on social reform. The report offered a post-war strategy for...

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REPORT: Social Housing and the Good Society

25 Jan 2017

Social Housing and the Good Society: Policy Futures Report This is a the final report for the Webb Memorial Trust by the University of Birmingham’s Housing and Communities Research Group exploring change in...

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Winner of the 2017 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition: Amy-Grace Whillans-Wheldrake

05 Jan 2017

  ‘In the light of Brexit, what can low income communities in the UK do to organise themselves to become more resilient and self-sufficient?’ Congratulations to Amy-Grace Whillans-Wheldrake, winner... Read More

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

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

REPORT: Forging a Good Local Society

24 Aug 2016

Forging a Good Local Society: Tackling Poverty Through a Local Economic Reset How do we tackle poverty and create social justice? What does the localisation of powers mean for... Read More

REPORT: Secure and Free

28 Mar 2016

Secure & Free: 5+ steps to make the desirable, feasible Insecurity has become pervasive. It permeates the lives not just of the marginalised but also the reasonably well off. In/security is... Read More

Winner of the 2015 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition: Beninio McDonough Tranza

23 Dec 2015

How can growth reduce equality? This piece by Beninio McDonough Tranza won first prize in the New Statesman & Webb Memorial Trust 2015 essay competition. It was published by the New... Read More

New Statesman 2015 Supplement: Business and Poverty

17 Nov 2015

Should business play a role in addressing poverty in the UK? Who should solve the problem of poverty in the UK? This is a central question posed by the Webb... Read More

REPORT: Planning4People

27 Oct 2015

#Planning4People: a Manifesto The planning system was invented to help provide a good home, for everyone, in a healthy, thriving place. But in the last few decades something has... Read More

Round the Clock: In-work poverty and the hours question

29 Apr 2015

Low-paid parents can be helped to overcome the greater barriers they face in striking the right balance for their families between work and parenting through better childcare support, more responsive... Read More

The Society We Want

01 Mar 2015

Research commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust by leading pollster YouGov on attitudes to poverty in the UK has shown the qualities that people most treasured were social ones... Read More

The Society We Want

01 Mar 2015

Research commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust by leading pollster YouGov on attitudes to poverty in the UK has shown the qualities that people most treasured were social ones... Read More

Something’s Not Right: Insecurity and an Anxious Nation

15 Jan 2015

Britain has become a ‘5-75-20 society’   Download Something’s Not Right: insecurity and an anxious nation here   A major new report from Compass commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust analyses the precarious, insecure and anxious... Read More

Winner of 2014 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition announced: Adam Ludlow

22 Dec 2014

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition, Adam Ludlow. Read More

Decent Childhoods – Reframing the fight to end child poverty

27 May 2014

Decent Childhoods: reframing the fight to end child poverty comes out of a lengthy process of discussion and research. I chaired the original seminar in February 2011 when Kate... Read More

Press Release: Civil society and Poverty

12 May 2014

Press release May 2014 to accompany New Statesman/Webb Memorial Trust supplement and launch of APPG Poverty report into civil society and poverty Read More

New Statesman 2014 Supplement: Civil Society and Poverty

12 May 2014

Read the latest New Statesman supplement from the Webb Memorial Trust on the role of civil society in tackling poverty Read More

Civil Society and Poverty

06 May 2014

Report undertaken by Edge Hill University commissioned by the APPG Poverty and Webb Memorial Trust examining the role of civil society in tackling poverty Read More

Minority Report

07 Apr 2014

A landmark in English social thought Twentieth-century Britain saw two great periods of social reform, in the decades 1905- 14 and 1940-50, when intellectual and political leadership came together... Read More

Just Deserts

27 Mar 2014

Poverty and income inequality: can workplace democracy make a difference? Executive Summary Workplace democracy and the structure of the UK’s labour market Profound structural weaknesses in the UK labour... Read More

A Minority View: What Beatrice Webb would say now

27 Mar 2014

Despite efforts over many years, poverty remains a stain on our society. We asked some of Britain’s best‑known commentators to say what should be done to address it. A... Read More

Beatrice Webb – Her Quest For A Fairer Society

27 Mar 2014

A landmark in English social thought Twentieth-century Britain saw two great periods of social reform, in the decades 1905-14 and 1940-50, when intellectual and political leadership came together to... Read More

From The Poor Law To Welfare To Work

27 Mar 2014

What have we learned from a century of anti-poverty policies? Foreword Paul Hackett, Director of the Smith Institute and Richard Rawes, Chair of the Webb Memorial Trust “It is... Read More

Fabian Society: In The Mix

27 Mar 2014

Narrowing the gap between public and private housing. The Fabian Society is Britain’s leading left of centre think tank and political society, committed to creating the political ideas and policy debates... Read More

Jan Declaration 4th December Background

27 Mar 2014

This paper has been prepared for a meeting at the Centre for Life on 4th December 2012. The paper gives findings from discussions with supporters of the 'January Declaration'.... Read More

January Declaration: Spring 2014 Update

27 Mar 2014

The January Declaration The January Declaration states that we should work together to create a North East that is good for everyone; treat everyone in the region with dignity... Read More

New Statesman Supplement: Busting the Poverty Myths

27 Mar 2014

The Webb Memorial Trust is interested to hear your views on the issues covered in this supplement. You may agree with our contributors or you may disagree. You may... Read More

Tackling poverty and inequality

27 Mar 2014

What would Beatrice Webb say about poverty in the UK today? The problem of social policy is not a new one. Indeed, it is education on this very subject that... Read More

Young People’s Thoughts on Child Poverty Policy

27 Mar 2014

The Child Poverty Act committed the Government to ending child poverty by 2020, and producing an evolving child poverty strategy to signpost the way. While such an important strategy... Read More

The High Cost of High Pay

18 Mar 2014

High Pay Centre analysis shows hidden cost of big pay differentials within organisations Workplaces with big pay gaps between the highest and lowest wage earners suffer more industrial disputes,... Read More

From Workhouse to Welfare

18 Mar 2014

From the Workhouse to Welfare: What Beatrice Webb’s 1909 Minority Report can teach us today is a collection of essays commissioned by the Fabian Society to commemorate this moment and... Read More

Beveridge at 70

18 Mar 2014

The Beveridge report was published at the high-watermark of British solidarity. In December 1942, its bold social principles – of universal coverage, full employment, family allowances, benefits in return... Read More

The Solidarity Society

18 Mar 2014

The Solidarity Society sets out a strategy for tackling poverty in Britainover the coming decades. It is the final report of a major Fabian Society research project, supported by... Read More

Winner of the 2013 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition: Alex Shattock

23 Dec 2013

Slaying the giants of poverty and unemployment This piece by Alex Shattock won first prize in the New Statesman & Webb Memorial Trust essay competition. It was published by... Read More

Winner of the 2011 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition: Anil Prashar on the Poverty Index

27 Mar 2012

If Beatrice Webb were alive today and wanted to compile an index of poverty in the UK, what factors would be included, how would they be measured, and how... Read More

2011 Webb Memorial Trust essay competition: Runner up – Celia Goodburn

27 Mar 2012

“If Beatrice Webb was alive today and wanted to develop an index of poverty in the UK what factors would be included, how would they be measured, and how... Read More