What’s happening to tackle inequality in Cambridge.
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
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
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
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
How a Cambridge social entrepreneur helped break the isolation and anxiety of parenthood for families in Kings Hedges
How can we help new parents to tackle feelings of of isolation and anxiety? This was the central goal of the Kings Hedges Family Support Project set up by local social entrepreneur Pat Mackenzie 23 years ago. Speaking at the latest instalment of the ‘Our Cambridge’ cafe-style discussion series, Pat Mackenzie inspired us with her story. How did she
The Cambridge News this month published our opinion piece arguing for reforms to the housing market to stop growing inequality in Cambridge. We say that the mysterious appearance of Latin graffiti on a new housing development on Fen Road is a wake-up call that all is not right in our city. ‘Homes for local people,’ was the tenor of
The Cambridge Commons Mayoral Hustings 25 April, 6.30pm, Friends Meeting House Come and discuss the future of our city with the mayoral candidates for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In this new election, we’ll be using a novel, conversational format to encourage a more open, honest dialogue. With Cambridge now the most unequal city in the UK,
‘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.
We’re delighted to announce that The Cambridge Commons will be partnering with the Cambridge News on our upcoming assembly for young people, Talkin’ bout Our Generation. The assembly at Friends Meeting House on 4 March 2017 will be a chance for Millennials in the city to air their views on their lives and futures in
Jean Goodrick, 2017 Feb 05 Our Cambridge – 2017 Programme Second Saturday of each month: 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July 10.45am (for 11.00am start) – 12.00pm Lower Hall, St Andrew’s Baptist Church (behind LivingStones Cafe), 43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR. See Map. Our programme of café-style discussion groups on Saturday mornings is back. The
A former Guardian editor Terry Macalister has questioned whether the much debated City Deal can bring social justice, well-being and environmental benefits to the city. Speaking in the final meeting of the ‘Our Cambridge’ series to a packed room of over 60 people, Macalister challenged us to explore the proposals through the extent of their commitment to
In his latest report David Plank alerts us to cuts in services being made by local councils. Successive reductions in government funding since the first austerity budget in 2011 after the great financial crash are removing £24.7 billion a year from councils in England. By 2014 this had already been halved and the rest will go