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Why the Modern Slavery Bill still needs more clout

by Frank Soodeen

It’s a powerful piece of legislation, but it needs fine-tuning and time is running out, says Frank Soodeen.

From planting gardens to planting ideas – what we’re doing to make life better for people with dementia

by Philly Hare

The UK Dementia Congress helps us reflect on the many ways we can improve our communities for people with dementia, says Philly Hare.

Want to raise living standards? Pay the Living Wage if you mean business

by Katie Schmuecker

CBI proposals to improve living standards for low-income families are welcome, says Katie Schmuecker - but could employers be doing more?

Public says decent jobs are the best way to reduce poverty

by Ben Page

With awareness of poverty at an all-time high, people believe higher wages are the solution, says Ben Page. 

Leaders call for greater ambition on climate justice

by Julian Dobson

The Scottish Government, experts and academics urged participants at the third Glasgow Caledonian University ‘dialogue’ on climate justice to raise their game in influencing political and civic leaders. Julian Dobson reports.

A credible plan to tackle poverty must go beyond election-friendly headlines

by Helen Barnard

Alan Milburn this week warned that the parties were failing to address poverty. With poverty on the political agenda, Helen Barnard assesses where their plans need to go further.

It’s time to rethink how we approach poverty in this country

by Chris Goulden

Poverty costs us all – but with the right plan we can do something about it, says Chris Goulden.

Five ways the Liberal Democrats could do more to reduce poverty

by Helen Barnard

In the third of our party conference blogs, Helen Barnard looks at whether the Lib Dems’ plans for their next manifesto will reduce poverty.

Why the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan must also reduce poverty

by Katie Schmuecker

In the second of a series of blogs during party conference season, Katie Schmuecker says the Conservatives’ focus on the economy must have poverty reduction at its heart.

Why Labour must make a fresh start on poverty at party conference

by Chris Goulden

In the first of a series of blogs during party conference season, Chris Goulden assesses the successes and failures of Labour’s approach to tackling poverty, and what they should do next.