CSJ Email News | 16 December 2010

RAPID RESPONSE: family breakdown is not about divorce

This month the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) affirmed the central role of family policy as an effective tool in the reversal of social breakdown in Britain today. The CSJ challenged the conclusions made by the BBC that concerns over family breakdown were exaggerated whilst a new report highlighted the stark differences in outcomes between families headed by married couples over those headed by cohabitees. Critical when considered that 70% of young offenders are from non-intact families

The BBC concluded that a poll for BBC Radio 5 in which 98% of respondents said they were happy in their families meant that talk of family breakdown was exaggerated. The CSJ said the poll substantiated the claim that successful family life is crucial for positive life outcomes, which is why the rise of disintegrating families is of major concern.

The CSJ further published a report demonstrating that cohabiting couple-relationships were the least stable household formation, with 80% of family breakdown being amongst unmarried couples, accounting for 86% of the £24bn costs of family breakdown to the public purse.

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LATEST REPORT: The Forgotten Age 

The CSJ published "The Forgotten Age: Understanding Poverty and Social Exclusion in Later Life" an interim report from the CSJ Older Age Working Group. The release of this landmark report was marked by an event held at St Martin's Hall on Tuesday 23 November 2010, kindly supported by Age UK and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The report broadens the debate on Older Age, outlining how loneliness, isolation and social breakdown have fuelled poverty in later life for millions of Britain's pensioners for too long.

The CSJ were delighted to welcome Steve Webb MP, Minister for Pensions, Sara McKee, Chairman of the CSJ Older Age Working Group and Mo Smith, founder and Chair of Trustees at Regenerate RISE.

Click here to download the report
Click here to download an executive summary

(Photo: (l-r) Steve Webb MP, Pensions Minister; Gavin Poole, CSJ Executive Director; Sara McKee, CSJ Older Age Working Group Chairman; Mo Smith, Regenerate RISE)


CSJ ALLIANCE: Building partnerships in Northern Ireland

On Tuesday 30 November 2010 the CSJ held a roundtable in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hosted by 174 Trust. Delegates were welcomed by CSJ Alliance Manager, Zoe Briance, and CSJ Chairman in Residence, Dr. Jeff Bailey. CSJ Researcher, Emma Colthup, also attended.

The purpose of the roundtable was to identify potential founding members of the CSJ Alliance in Northern Ireland, and to look at the role that the community and voluntary sector organisations have played in mediation in Belfast.

The roundtable was part of the continuing commitment of the CSJ to build and sustain strong links with the Alliance and voluntary sector organisations, and champion their vital role in Westminster. The CSJ Alliance team followed up the roundtable with visits to each of the organisations that took part.
(Photo: Geoff Kerr, Deputy Director, 174 Trust)

EVENTS: CSJ Annual Reception

On 24 November, the CSJ hosted its annual reception in the David Lloyd George Room at The National Liberal Club. The event provided a unique opportunity for donors, friends and members of the CSJ to come together and discuss the latest developments at the CSJ.

The reception was marked by a speech from CSJ Founder and Patron, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, during which he paid tribute to the CSJ for putting social justice at the heart of British politics. The evening was kindly supported by Slivers-Of-Time and Capgemini.

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Gavin Poole, CSJ Executive Director, Chris Bullivant, CSJ Projects Director and Dr Jeff Bailey, CSJ Chairman in Residence visited Washington DC last month for a three day conference with politicians and think tanks to discuss social justice. Other groups and politicians were from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US. Dr Jeff Bailey then attended meetings in Detroit, whilst Ali Crossley CSJ Senior Researcher, enjoyed a conference on youth justice in Rome. Christian Guy, CSJ  Policy Group Manager, hosted a delegation from Korea and provided an outline of our policy work, whilst Deven Ghelani, CSJ Senior Researcher, explained our welfare reform work to a delegation from South Korea. (Picture: (l-r) Dr Jeff Bailey and Gavin Poole)


The Centre for Social Justice has a new opening for a voluntary intern, who would need to be available full-time between January and July 2011. The role is to assist the CSJ Awards Manager through the six-month run up to the annual CSJ Awards, which recognise outstanding poverty fighting charities. The diverse responsibilities will involve assisting with the award application process, coordinating and accompanying on visits to shortlisted charities, helping to prepare information packs for the judging panel, and helping to coordinate and prepare the ceremony itself. For more information on the CSJ Awards, visit www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/awards . To apply for the position, please submit a letter of application as soon as possible, along with your CV, to Kirsty Turnbull (kirsty.turnbull@centreforsocialjustice.org.uk).


The CSJ Christmas Tree has been purchased and decorated in support of CSJ Alliance member the Jericho Road Project. The tree was purchased online at www.caringchristmastrees.com to support the work Simon Allen and his team do in helping the homeless in Catford, SE London. With thanks for Simon for driving the tree up from Lewisham. 


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