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Cambridge Ahead makes case for investment in infrastructure and housing

The region’s planners have badly underestimated employment growth in the Cambridge area with drastic consequences for housing, congestion and living standards, according to research commissioned by lobby group Cambridge Ahead. South Cambridgeshire has been particularly hard hit, the research suggests, with planners working on a 0.6% growth assumption compared to a more realistic 4.2%.  As …

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Cambridge Commons invited to submit response to regional economic review

The Cambridge Commons has been invited to submit evidence to a major commission on the regional economy. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review is eager to hear evidence from local groups The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) has been set up to establish a coherent strategic position on regional growth, infrastructure and …

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imagine2027 forum with Zoe Williams will ask how we move from talk to action

Join us and our guest Zoe Williams for a forum on how we turn the ideas raised through the imagine2027 series into practical action for change. UK writer and columnist Zoe Williams – new book on parenthood ‘Bring it On Baby’ Guardian Books published July 2010. Bring your ideas for initiatives to combat inequality. As …

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Danny Dorling: ‘Stop the stupid competition between schools to bring down inequality’

Danny Dorling made an impassioned plea for a better education system in the UK at the second in our series of visionary talks on fairness, imagine2027. The Oxford Professor of Geography showed how inequalities in his city were fueling deep divides in outcomes for children, entrenching inequality for generations to come. Instead he called for …

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imagine2027: Book now for major series on inequality and unfairness in Britain

Tickets are now available for the first events in our major new series on inequality and fairness, imagine2027. From October, we have been bringing nationally-recognized thought-leaders to Cambridge to give personal, positive views on how Britain can be better and fairer in 2027. 2017 Events (see the recordings here Ann Pettifor – Fair Economy, 12 October 2017 …

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Equality Trust publishes manifesto for equality ahead of General Election

The Equality Trust has published a Manifesto for a Fairer Society with measures to address inequality. The manifesto covers work, tax, housing and education with some bold policies for candidates to sign up to. You can help by sending the manifesto to your MP. Here is some suggested wording for your email/letter: ​The UK is one …

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Cambridge Commons hustings on inequality opens new space in discussion of city future

Voters in Cambridge spent an evening discussing local issues with mayoral candidates in a new hustings format for the campaign.     Attendees were given a chance to sit with candidates in small groups around tables, introducing the topics that mattered to them. The format emphasised the need for honest dialogue over confrontation, with the discussion ranging from …

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Challenge the mayoral candidates on inequality and get beyond the spin

We are hosting a conversation with mayoral candidates where you can get beyond the politician and meet the person inside. Taking place at the Friends Meeting House in Jesus Lane on Tuesday 25 April at 6.30pm, this is your chance to raise the issues that matter to you in an informal setting and on a …

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Four things that councils can do to reduce inequality today

Ahead of the upcoming local and regional elections in the UK on 4th May, please help us reduce inequality by asking people standing for election in your area to commit to The Fairness Four actions, which are: Evaluate the likely impact of council policies on socio-economic inequality* Pay all directly contracted staff the real Living Wage (as set …

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‘How can we make a difference?’ Young people discuss housing, work and transport at Cambridge Commons event

Students from sixth form colleges in Cambridge called for a greater role in their city at a workshop organised by The Cambridge Commons. The event, dubbed Talkin bout Our Generation, gave 16-18 year olds a chance to air their aspirations for the future and learn about housing, work and local politics with local young experts. …

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