Published: 16th Mar 2015

Discussion about poverty starts and ends in the wrong place. A new study by the Webb Memorial Trust suggests that, if we wish to reduce poverty, we need to reframe the way that we think about it. Rather than starting with the problem, we need to start with the solution and create the society we want. To understand this perspective, we need to go back a hundred years. In the first decade of the last century, there was a wave of optimism that we could plan for a good society. A growing sense of public responsibility led to groups of citizens working hand in hand with the state to ensure that everyone could have a decent standard of life. This new mood was encapsulated in Beatrice Webb’s 1909 Minority Report on the Poor Law. The report suggested that five principles could ensure minimum standards of decency for everyone: Poverty has … (To read the full article, subscribe below)