Social justice demands that millions of our fellow citizens who are currently marginalised, excluded and alienated need to be brought back into the mainstream labour market. The challenge is enormous but so can be the rewards.
High Levels of employment are essential in the fight against poverty and deprivation. The cost of worklessness is considerable, through both a loss of national income and production and an adverse impact upon the public finances. The government must focus on full employment if it is to achieve social justice and maintain a strong economy.
In this challenging report, John Adams argues that the UK has not yet reached full employment and that disadvantaged groups and the economically inactive should be the focus of a progressive policy agenda.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.