London is the most unequal city in the developed world, with 1 million people currently workless amid areas of extreme wealth. We are staring a chronic, ugly problem in the face, which is destroying people’s aspirations and putting both young and old unnecessarily close to the bread-line. And this was before the seismic uncertainty created by Brexit. It’s no secret this is a complex problem, and there is no easy fix. But as we feel the anger of those left behind by globalisation it’s the right time to ask what we can do to improve their world. We see that a huge number of them want to start their own businesses but who are frustrated and scared by the bureaucracy of the benefit system and the red tape of government. Many worry about getting into trouble and falling into unseen regulatory potholes. We’ve seen many threatened with eviction because of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Colin Crooks is chief executive of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise supporting workless Londoners start up new businesses through training and mentoring programmes. Colin is also social entrepreneur in residence at Lambeth Council.
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