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Cambridge City Deal: What role for social justice?

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

Social Care: The Catastrophe Continues

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

Imagine public transport in Cambridge that works for everyone

George Weyman, 2016 Oct 8 Transport is a hot topic right now in Cambridge.  A major Travel to Work Area, unprecedented growth, City Deal, new railway station – how can we use these opportunities to build a transport infrastructure that is fair for everyone? You can explore the possibilities at the Central Library on Saturday 5 November, between

Community life in Cambridge: How can we make change through collective action?

George Weyman, 2016 Sep 20 How do we shape democratic change in our local community through collective action? How can we contribute to influencing the direction Cambridge is heading in? What can we do to put progressive values into planning and development of our city? These are some of the questions we will be discussing

What’s our vision for Cambridge?

George Weyman, 2016 Sep 13 What is the vision of The Cambridge Commons?  What are our values and how will we apply them? How can we best work together to achieve these goals?These were among the questions a group of regular volunteers asked ourselves recently during a workshop at Allia’s Future Business Centre. We began by exploring what

New chair of The Cambridge Commons

 Hello – I’m George, the incoming chair of The Cambridge Commons. With Jean Goodrick as vice-chair, I’m taking over the role from the formidable Stuart Weir who over the last couple of years has established us as an influential research & publishing organisation on issues of inequality and community. We have also organised events on big

Our Cambridge: Cafe-style discussion group of Cambridge issues

George Weyman, 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 Matter of Life and Death

Stuart Weir, 2016 Jul 15 A Matter of Life and Death: The Cambridge Health Gap Wednesday July 20th 7.30pm Friends Meeting House 12 Jesus Lane Cambridge CB5 8BA Please come along to the formal launch of our new report,  The Cambridge Health Gap. This  meeting is open and free to all. Read the report here.

Protest about plans to “supersize” Cambridge

Stuart Weir, 2016 Jun 27 View/print the poster here. Supersize Cambridge Monday July 4th 7-9pm Great St. Mary’s Church Cambridge You are invited to a major debate on the future of Cambridge on Monday 4 July.  Cambridge Commons is sponsoring a major meeting in Great St Mary’s church, from 7 to 9pm that evening, to

The Struggle for Social Housing

Stuart Weir, 2015 Nov 27 Read the report here: Cambridge’s Struggle for Social Housing, John Marais 2015 In our first Fairness Review, Cambridge: Wealth and Want, earlier in the year, we wrote that “house prices and rents in Cambridge are beyond the means of the majority of local people. They are rising faster in the city

Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe

Stuart Weir, 2015 Sep 07 Read the report: Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe Order a hard copy here. Our Fairness Review for September 2015 is a meticulous investigation into the social care services for vulnerable residents in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, ‘Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe‘. It concludes that the crisis in social care

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