A decade on from the crash and the subsequent all-out assault on Britain’s welfare state, politics has radically changed. The global rise of populism brings to the fore questions of where the boundaries of citizenship lie and the relationship between citizens and the state. Our public services and social safety net are in need of reinvestment and reimagining.
This issue explores what a modern, emancipatory welfare state would look like. Progressives will need to recast both policy and statecraft for the politics of the day: only then can we recover from the damage of the previous eight years and realise a better future for all.
- Editorial/ Carys Roberts and Laurie Laybourn-Langton
- Overcoming ‘modern slavery’ with a rights-based labour market for all / Emily Kenway
- Municipal socialism / Philip Glanville and Hettie O’Brien
- Should Labour look forward to the end of austerity? / John Curtice
- Past assets / Gavin Kelly and George Bangham
- Anything but equal / Kimberly McIntosh
- Teaching Empire / Maya Goodfellow
- Women’s rights, torture and immigration detention / Gita Sahgal
- A crisis of care or a crisis of work? / Carys Roberts
- Can universal credit help loosen the grip of poverty? / Katie Schmuecker
- Welfare futures / Ruth Patrick
- Help not hassle: A case for better employment support / Bill Davies
- Reimagining the NHS for people and planet / Antonia Jennings
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.