Start a civil society revolution

(Published on ACEVO's blog site)

In December 2018 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published its annual report which examines the nature and scale of UK poverty: the results of which painted a now sadly familiar picture. One in five of the UK population live in poverty — and what is even more alarming is the fact that the number of workers living in poverty now sits at four million, an increase of half a million over just a five-year period.

All you have to do is carry out a little probability analysis, and you will promptly arrive at a conclusion that some of our staff and/or volunteers are included in these poverty statistics. That is a sobering thought.

This had me reflecting on the role of civil society — how a shift is needed and how greater emphasis may need to be placed on preventing rather than resolving problems.  How would that work though, when so many civil society organisations are already stretched to the limit?

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