By Philippa Stroud
In her closing speech at the Conservative Party Conference, the Prime Minister outlined her vision to restore fairness and opportunity for everyone. For those in our most disadvantaged communities, struggling with the effects of poverty, this is desperately needed.
Reflecting the findings of our report, 48:52 Healing a Divided Britain, May said the recent referendum result was a vote not just to change Britain’s relationship with the European Union but a call to change the way our country works, and for whom it works. She acknowledged that many people have a deep, profound sense that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.
The Prime Minister promised that her government would tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us and serve ordinary working-class people, taking their concerns seriously about immigration, crime and job security.
Along with ordinary working-class people, the Prime Minister must ensure that her government supports our country’s poorest and most vulnerable.
The CSJ welcomes the Prime Minister's commitment to tackle high housing costs with Help to Buy and Right to Buy and the building of more homes. Alongside this, the Government needs to ensure our poorest have access to secure, stable homes in the renting sector along with providing better support and preventative action to tackle homelessness.
Education is a key route out of poverty and the Prime Minister is right to introduce reforms to increase the number of good school places across the country. We hope these will ensure better educational opportunities for our poorest children.
Since becoming Prime Minister, May has made clear her commitment to make Britain a country that works for everyone.
Along with housing and education she spoke of addressing failing markets, ensuring work continues to pay, an all-out assault on child poverty, addressing racial inequality and reforming our prisons.
In the coming weeks we look forward to seeing the Government's decisive action to make this happen. It is vital that these policies do not forget our most vulnerable and provide the life chances our most disadvantaged communities need to reach their full potential.
CSJ/Legatum Report: 48:52 Healing a Divided Britain