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Regular visitors to our website will know that many of the policies we have consulted our Alliance members on have been adopted by both by the Labour Government and the Conservative Opposition.

Our latest Brown Watch puts the number of Breakthrough Britain policies adopted by HM Government at 18 while Cameron Watch details the 67 CSJ policies adopted by the Conservative Party.

These are policies shaped by the thousands of hours of evidence you have given us as an Alliance - so thanks for all the input!


CSJ Fundraiser Cara Walker spent two days last week working with Nottingham charity 58i.

Whilst many of the CSJ team have worked in the voluntary sector, we provide a placement programme for those who haven't and are keen to see effective voluntary groups tackling poverty in the UK firsthand.

Cara said, "It was such an eye opening experience. I have come back so refreshed and envisioned for the work of the CSJ promoting poverty fighting projects that literally change people's lives."




Poverty Debate Launched
Brand new Social Networking website for frontline poverty fighting organisations

The CSJ launches today a brand new social networking website for poverty fighting organisations across the UK and beyond.
Poverty Debate is a new facility that allows you to create a profile, blog, add friends and meet other poverty fighters online.

The new CSJ Blog is also available on Poverty Debate with comment on current news stories, links and articles from CSJ Alliance partners tackling social breakdown in Britain today.

"Poverty Debate is a sort of facebook for British poverty fighters," says Projects Director Chris Bullivant, "We hope it's a great way for the members of CSJ Alliance to get to know and learn from each other." Sign up and create your profile here!



Today sees the fifth CSJ Awards in central London tonight with £70,000 in cash prizes being awarded to Britain's most effective poverty fighting organisations. Awards presenters include Eric Pickles MP (Con), Simon Hughes MP (Lib) and Charles Clarke (Lab) and celebrities. BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson will also present an Award at an event hosted by GMTV's Emma Crosby.

For details of this year's shortlisted groups visit



CSJ Alliance Director Juliette Ash will be taking six months maternity leave as of tomorrow!

"It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with the CSJ Alliance and to have met so many inspiring characters from across the country," says Juliette, "I look forward to working with you all again after my maternity leave."

In Juliette's absence Chris Bullivant, Projects Director, will be working with the CSJ Alliance. "I'm really excited about getting out and visiting the many inspirational projects across the country that are the reason the CSJ exists," says Chris, "the Alliance is what makes the CSJ tick." 


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