Published: 12th Oct 2016

In her conference speech, Theresa May committed her government to achieving ‘an economy that works for everyone’. In this, she is touching on a point that many of us have known, and sought to respond to, for decades – that poverty and inequality persist, that this is unacceptable and that the prevailing economic model leaves too many people behind. The question is, how far is the government prepared to go in solving systemic poverty and inequality? Challenges on the ground I was thinking this as I attended the Spirit of Manchester awards recently. This is an annual celebration of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, organised by Macc – the support organisation for the sector in Manchester. The award process involved hundreds of applications, with a shortlist including food banks, debt advice services, campaigns to address low wages, support groups for those facing benefit sanctions and children living in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)