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I was born in Chelmsford in Essex and grew up in Heybridge, near Maldon, on a council estate with my mum. I remember a girl who went to my school. Her parents were both artists and they talked about her going to university. It was worlds away from my life. I wasn’t told that I could be anything.…Read more

Whether you’re a leaver or a remainer it is difficult to deny Brexit has had dire consequences for race relations in the UK. Roma are no exception. Families identified as Roma have had a treacherous path to UK citizenship, often despite (or even because of) EU accession rules. Regardless of legal migration status, many Roma Read More

by Zoe Young  |  14th March 2019

This International Women’s Day, Zoe Young, author of Women’s Work: How Mothers Manage Flexible Working in Careers and Family Life, highlights the lengths women go to in managing the complexities of flexible working. This year marks a hundred years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 lifted the bar on women entering the professions. It Read More

It feels like a lifetime ago that austerity was the primary catastrophe facing the country. And yet, objectively, this is far from the case. Austerity is alive and kicking.…Read more

by Linda Hantrais  |  6th February 2019

If the UK were no longer in a position to promote or hamper EU social policy from the inside, would the EU be more likely to become a fully-fledged social union? And if the UK were no longer subjected to EU law, what might the implications be for UK social policy? With Brexit shrouded in Read More

by Sé Oba-Smith  |  2nd February 2019

Gregory Fredrick Watson was my cousin. We became like brothers when I turned 16. Facing depression myself, I found Greg intelligent, having dealt with many issues himself growing up. Unfortunately, he committed suicide last winter, aged 26.…Read more

by Corrine Jones  |  2nd January 2019

I lived in Grenfell Tower on the 17th floor. It was my first permanent property in 10 years. Everything was temporary before that. I never felt comfortable sleeping in my room. I never thought of a fire, but the silver cladding on the building just reminded me of the Twin Towers. In the night, I used to wake up sometimes just thinking something would happen, and have that panic inside of me.…Read more

In our last blog piece of 2018, Chief Executive Alison Shaw looks at the recent UN report on UK poverty and how there is hope for change in publishing research that challenges inequality, prejudice and poor political and economic decisions.…Read more

by Peter Beresford  |  22nd November 2018

Peter Beresford discusses developing inclusive action and conversation, globally, about participatory public policy.…Read more

by Judith Orr  |  1st June 2018

Deborah Orr celebrates the success of the Repeal the Eighth campaign to legalise abortion in Ireland, and looks at the unfinished business of the Abortion Rights campaign to do the same for Northern Ireland.…Read more