The foundations of the UK’s modern social security system were established in 1942, with the aim of alleviating the great social challenges faced by communities, families and individuals whose lives and experiences were very different to their modern-day contemporaries. 80 years on, far too many people do not receive the basic support they need from the welfare system. Long term issues have gone unresolved, and the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted major areas of weakness in our social infrastructure more clearly than at any time in recent decades. We have seen a surge in demand for government to provide enhanced short-term income, the increasing need for universal credit and the dire state of child hunger and poverty in the UK.
But why is the existing welfare state failing those who need it? Does Covid19 present an opportunity and a responsibility to fundamentally rethink what it is for? And if so, what does a welfare system fit for the 21st century look like? In the second in a series of seminars tackling the longstanding challenges our communities face, Camden and Leeds councils are bringing together a diverse mix of people with a fresh take – those pushing for change to improve the lives of citizens – to discuss how we can build a modern, 21st century welfare state that enables our communities to genuinely build back better in 2021 and beyond. We will explore key areas of innovation, what a new model could look like and what role local government and partners can play in helping to create an accessible welfare system that works for all our communities and families. This is one of the great challenges of our time and there will not be a one-size-fits-all solution — interventions must be locally relevant and agile to what is working (or not) on the ground.
Using GDP alone to determine prosperity is inadequate and misleading, leading policy makers to draw faulty conclusions about levels of prosperity and appropriate interventions. But this new index is based on the theory that by sharing knowledge and trying radical new approaches, more innovative policy options that are targeted to specific local communities and effective at improving quality of life will open up...Read More
Recent research shows that Lebanon could witness an increase of 1.2 to 3.2 degrees in temperatures in areas that are already very arid and suffer from water shortage. An increase in temperature and a decrease in precipitation will have particular impact on the electricity sector - a higher cooling demand in summer and increased consumption for electricity. Rising sea levels and water scarcity in Lebanon could lead to internal climate migration and mass displacement from rural to coastal regions affecting agricultural output, jobs and livelihoods. The economic situation in the cities that are already prone to poverty, illiteracy and unemployment could become worse.Read More