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Blog – Lewis Herbert’s Article on Cambridge University’s Role in Tackling Inequality

A few weeks ago the Leader of Cambridge City Council, Lewis Herbert, wrote an article for the Cambridge Independent on how Cambridge University can help to tackle inequality in the city. Find below the full text of the article which Cambridge Commons believes is a positive, practical message on how Cambridge University can help to …

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Blog – Thoughts on the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER)

The CPIER Final Report was published in September by the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Commission, with some local publicity.  It has been long awaited, and the Cambridge Commons made some efforts to submit its views to the report.  The final report is 136 pages long, and this comment is based on a quick analysis …

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Blog – Austerity, austerity, austerity

Universal credit began its roll out in Cambridge on 17th October, gradually to start off with, just new claims or people whose circumstances change. The full-scale transfer of all those on the relevant unemployment and in work benefits will come later. A few days later the government used their autumn budget to declare the beginning …

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Blog – Inequality in Britain ‘bleak’ according to public body

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ was released last week in pre-publication format. You can download the report here – https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/britain-fairer-2018 The report outlines how inequalities are continuing to blight British society; suggesting some groups within our society are being ‘forgotten or left behind’. Producing this report is a statutory …

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Blog – Big Tent Ideas Festival

The “Big Tent Ideas Festival” Babraham, Cambs, 8 September 2018.   Some thoughts the “Big Tent” event attended recently by TCC Member Kimon Roussopoulos.   The event was co-chaired by George Freeman MP (Con, briefly was Life Sciences minister) and (Baroness) Sally Morgan, sometime Blair advisor in Number 10 and other capacities.  It was the …

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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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