Blog posts by Julia Unwin CBE

Prime Minister’s real test lies ahead

by Julia Unwin

David Cameron's victory speech has given a clear indication of the direction of the next parliament, says Julia Unwin. The emphasis on compassionate Conservatism gives us cause to hope the reforming Cameron with social justice at the heart of his mission, somehow lost in coalition and deficit reduction, is back.

The election: an opportunity for a shared approach to tackling the high levels of poverty in this country

by Julia Unwin

We’re into the final week of the election campaign and a lot is at stake, says Julia Unwin.

The manifestos all include ideas for reducing poverty – the next step is a comprehensive strategy

by Julia Unwin

The political parties all have ideas for tackling aspects of poverty, says Julia Unwin, but what we need is a comprehensive, long-term strategy.

A focus on home ownership blinds us to the real issues for UK housing

by Julia Unwin

Renting could be a firm foundation for people to get out of poverty but dealing with its issues is difficult while it is seen as the second option and the focus remains on home ownership, says Julia Unwin in a blog for Inside Housing.

Ignoring persistent poverty is no way to build a thriving economy

by Julia Unwin

Enduring poverty is becoming a permanent feature of the UK economy – and that’s dangerous for us all, says Julia Unwin.

#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.