Published: 15th Dec 2011

We asked six leading experts to give their verdict on the events of 2011 in the key areas of public services, local economic development, civil society, poverty, sustainability and housing and suggest the way forward in 2012. In the third part of the series, Julia Unwin argues poverty in the UK should not be accepted as a fact of life, but that its eradication requires a new course of action Campaign poster created by Net Efekt for Oxfam to raise awareness of UK poverty. The past year has been a terrible one for people living in poverty. We read report after report showing that poverty is on the rise – but is it out of control? You could be easily forgiven for thinking that it is. But it is worth remembering that even in our current stringent economic environment we are one of the richest countries … (To read the full article, subscribe below)