Blog posts by Julia Unwin CBE

#indyref provides Scotland a once in a generation opportunity to tackle poverty

by Julia Unwin

Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s independence referendum vote, Scotland must get to grips with high levels of poverty in the country, says Julia Unwin.

If we want greater prosperity, we need to think cities and think local

by Julia Unwin

Cities and localism have a crucial part to play in achieving prosperity in the UK, says Julia Unwin.

We must ensure everyone benefits from our economic recovery

by Julia Unwin

Harnessing the growing economy and new powers for cities brings a unique opportunity to reduce poverty, says Julia Unwin.

The Spirit of ’45: it’s essential we learn from the past

by Julia Unwin

Ken Loach’s film highlights the risks of not learning lessons from the past. Speaking at the Festival of Ideas today, Julia Unwin discusses what Beveridge would say now.

#BeveridgeRebooted: why we need a new deal for the mistrusted welfare system

by Julia Unwin

A New Statesman essay suggests welfare reform could damage the UK’s economic prospects. We need a new welfare system that fits the modern needs of both the economy and society, says Julia Unwin.

When a housing bubble bursts, we face human tragedy and an economic nightmare

by Julia Unwin

Budget 2013 sought to boost the economy and housing market. But as Julia Unwin argues, the lack of measures to increase supply and improve safety nets could repeat mistakes from the past.

How will we know if the 2013 budget is anti-poverty?

by Julia Unwin

Will the 2013 budget put the poorest people first, asks Julia Unwin.

70 years on from Beveridge, we risk entering a decade of destitution

by Julia Unwin

It’s time we found the courage of Beveridge’s era to end poverty, Julia Unwin argues.

Our food supply chain is failing poorer people, as consumers and as workers

by Julia Unwin

Poorly paid workers and a poorly controlled food supply chain – is it any wonder that quality, choice and affordability can end up past their sell-by date?

A failure to fund social care shames us all

by Julia Unwin

Without an injection of cash and care, argues Julia Unwin, we’ll continue to house older people in hospitals.