Latest News From UK Groups
Starting this month in the east, The Cambridge Commons are rolling out their relaunch (including a great new website) which is centred around their vision for Cambridge which you can read about here. And their imagine2027 speaker programme goes from strength to strength with the latest talk from George Monbiot being completely sold out. Down in the capital, My Fair London are looking forward to their next talk from The Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott (19th March) about his plans for a better economics.
Heading west, the Reading group are due to give a talk about The Spirit Level, inequality and related issues to a local Nepalese community group on 13th March. Further west, the Dorset group is focusing on local campaigning using both the Equality Trust’s activist pack and our Make My Council Fair pack, but also bringing a green perspective to bear on their asks in relation to transport, pollution and other local challenges. Just to the north, the North Somerset group supported a demonstration against council proposals to carry out cuts which will impact most upon the poorest communities in the district, including closing a children's centre.
And over the border in South Wales, the local group’s Housing and Inequality meeting on 31st January was a great success. The audience heard from academic and housing activist Lisa McKenzie, researcher and Welsh Government adviser Tamsin Stirling, and John Puzey, Director of Shelter Cymru. It was agreed that housing was the UK’s greatest current challenge. The group have also found time to launch their website and give evidence to a committee at the National Assembly for Wales which is exploring the impact of Brexit on inequalities.
Further north, in Oswestry, the local group is pushing forward with the Oswestry Youth Employment Standards initiative, designed to help improve the rights of young people at work in the area, and is hopeful for a summer launch.
And finally, planning has started between the Equality Trust and the groups to host events to support the launch of the new book from Profs. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, entitled The Inner Level, which is due out on 7th June.
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DEC 2017 – JAN 2018
Starting in the capital, My Fair London had a strong finish to 2017 with submissions to the Mayor on health inequalities and housing as well as writing to all London MPs to ask their support for the commencement of the Socio-economic Duty. They also found time to host a public meeting with the journalist and commentator, Will Hutton. In January, the group kindly turned out in support of the TET staff during Fight Inequality week’s Day of Action in Parliament Square.
Heading west, Swindon group is preparing for their annual inequality event on 12th April with guest speaker Dr Wanda Wyporska from The Equality Trust. In the meantime, the group has produced a couple of really helpful You Tube videos here and here. Not far away the Bristol and North Somerset groups are making their plans for the year with the latter group meeting with the Bishop of Taunton shortly to discuss inequality and related issues.
Still in the west country, the Dorset group are engaged in a mixture of targeted local campaigning and awareness raising/education work. This includes joint work with Positive Money, Dorset LEP and Transition Towns - and with welcome support from Poole Quakers. The group wants to push westwards from its east Dorset base and has a planning meeting at the end of this month to plan activity for 2018/19. And just over the border, the ever active South Wales group is focusing on the housing crisis with a public meeting on 31 January at Swansea University with a great set of speakers – details here.
Moving north, In Oswestry, the local group is planning its activities for the year which will likely include more work on the Oswestry Youth Employment Standards initiative but also some work on inequality in education and how this affects opportunity locally. The group also has plans to work with the local food bank, especially around the roll-out of Universal Credit, and to continue its focus on younger people. Further north still, and also with a youth theme, Equality North West will be running a stall at the Youth Politics UK conference on the 3rd March 2018 at Manchester Grammar School.
And last but not least, over in the east, the Cambridge group continues with its imagine2027 speaker programme which is proving to be a great success with events selling out. The group has also joined an alliance promoting the mission of a carbon-neutral Cambridge and a climate change commission for the city has been inaugurated. And the group’s ‘Cambridge Conversations’ is beginning to bear fruit with the experiences of less advantaged people in the area being channelled through to local political leaders and policy makers.
New groups: We are currently advising a potential start-up group in the Yeovil/South Somerset area. If you live in this area and want to get involved, please contact Bill Kerry for further details.