I4P – Webb Memorial Trust

WEBB Memorial

‘Creating a better informed debate’

The Webb Memorial Trust has pursued the intellectual legacy of Beatrice Webb, who, together with her husband Sydney, embarked on a vigorous programme of social reform.  Since 1987 The Webb Memorial Trust has funded a range of projects in the UK, helping to create a better informed debate about poverty, its causes and solutions.  I4P secured funding in order to research concepts of a Good Society.


Research Timeline:

FINAL REPORT: OCTOBER 2017
‘Civil Society and a Good Society: Conclusions from our Collaborative Conversations’
The Webb Memorial Trust commissioned Edge Hill University’s Institute of Public Policy and Professional Practice to examine civil society’s response to poverty and inequality as part of a wider research project examining the concepts of a Good Society. This, our final report, is a summary of our collaborative conversations. It is a continuation of our Collaborative Conversations in Focus document which was an interim report, published in October 2016, summarising the first part of our research project and our Collaborative Conversations document, published in June 2016. This final report summarises our iterative research findings and sets out a number of creative challenges informed by our findings. More I4P publications.


EVENT: 11TH OCTOBER 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society? Part II’
This event is a follow up to the June ‘What Makes A Good Society‘ session which took place during the University’s Festival of Ideas. We hope to continue the discussion and we are keen that this event is seen as an ‘open’ discussion; there are no formal speakers and the intention is to explore the ideas raised by our discussions in June.  Read more…


EVENT: 29TH JUNE 2017
‘What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?’
This event presented the work of the Webb Memorial Trust and its current project, Social Housing and the Good Society, tackling issues such as poverty and equality in Britain. Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), the Webb Memorial Trust presented the findings of their report and invited participants to discuss how to influence policy-makers and decision-makers, and what the necessary ingredients for a good society were.  Read more…


EVENT: 12TH MARCH 2017
‘A Good Society Sunday Lunch’
In partnership with the Bluecoat Art Gallery in Liverpool, I4P hosted a Sunday lunch and artist led conceptual art event focussed around the topic of a Good Society.  Read more…


PUBLICATION: AUTUMN 2016
Collaborative Conversations: In Focus
The Webb Memorial Trust commissioned I4P to examine civil society’s response to poverty and inequality as part of a wider research project examining concepts of a Good Society. This report is an autumn mid-term commentary on where we are so far. It offers further analysis of our Collaborative Conversation document that was produced in June 2016. Collaborative Conversations in Focus in intended to provide the background and initial analysis before our final report in the spring of 2017. It sets out a number of creative challenges that as part of our iterative research process will be taken out to focus groups across the United Kingdom (UK) over the autumn/winter period.  More I4P publications.


FOCUS GROUPS – AUTUMN & WINTER 2016
‘Winter Conversations on a Good Society’
These conversations brought together academics, civil society organisations, independent activists, elected members, think tanks and faith groups to reflect on what a Good Society meant to them and to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done.

As a development of this research and as part of the iterative research methodology we have extended our Collaborative Conversations; asking civil society groups to comment and discuss our existing research themes from specific perspectives; Food Poverty, Race and Poverty, Migration, Young People, Older People, Rural Poverty, Poverty Truth Commissions. We have been running sessions around the UK with these themes, as this map reflects:

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So far we have held themed conversations in Swansea on food poverty, Blackpool on older people and poverty, and Newcastle on fairness and equality. We commissioned a visual artist to create detailed minutes of our conversations on Food Poverty in Swansea – you can see her report here: Food in Focus: Food Poverty and a Good Society

The feedback and reflections shared during our Winter Conversations will be included in our final report in April 2017 to the Webb Memorial Trust.


ns_webb_trust_supplement_oct_2016_-page-1PUBLICATION: OCTOBER 2016
If you don’t take action, who will? A Good Society Without Poverty’
Who should end poverty?” In responding to this question, contributors to this year’s Webb Memorial Trust New Statesman supplement have examined themes of responsibility, agency, and power.  The supplement includes articles from I4P, Oxfam, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), University of Warwick Employment Institute and The Fabian Society, among others.  Read More…


PARLIAMENTARY MEETING: 28TH JUNE 2016
‘Concepts of a Good Society: The Response of Civil Society to Food Poverty’
What makes a Good Society? In conversation with Adrian Curtis, Foodbank Network Director at the Trussell Trust, Professor John Diamond and Katy Goldstraw from Edge Hill University will present interim findings on the response of civil society to poverty and inequality in the UK through the lens of food aid.  Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty, this event takes place in the House of Commons, London. Read More…


PUBLICATION: JUNE 2016
A Good Society: A Collaborative Conversation
This I4P discussion paper is a starting point for further conversation, reflection and discussion as part of a Webb Memorial Trust funded research project which is being undertaken by Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. The intention is to provide a mid-term ‘snap shot’ of the conversations, observations and thinking which have been brought together by I4P through a series of organised workshops held across the UK. A draft report with proposed recommendations will be available in the autumn, and then following a further round of dialogue a final report will be published in the spring of 2017. More I4P publications.


FOCUS GROUPS – SPRING & SUMMER 2016
‘What Might a Good Society Look Like?’
As part of our continuing work with the Webb Memorial Trust, building on the 2014 Agency in Austerity report we are conducting a series of focus groups. These focus groups will consider what a good society might look like.  The aim of the focus group is to gather academic and practitioner considerations of a Good Society, to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation and inequality and to focus on what more can be done. The event centres around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.

Focus groups will be held in Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Birmingham and Bath. These groups will complement ‘Meeting of Minds: What might a Good Society Look like?’ conferences in Manchester, Bradford and a Fairness Commission Conference in London.

The thoughts and perspectives shared within these focus groups and conferences will be built into a final report in June 2016. This report will consider what a Good Society might look like.  The report will be shared on the I4P and Webb Memorial Trust’s websites.

Focus Group Dates 2016:
12 April Birmingham
19 April Glasgow
10 May Bath
19 May Newcastle
23 May Newport
9 June Belfast


PUBLICATION: SPRING 2016
‘Webb Memorial Trust – Spring Briefing Paper’
This Spring Briefing Paper is part of an ongoing Webb Memorial Trust funded research project being undertaken by Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice in order to research concepts of a Good Society.  The Webb Memorial Trust has funded a range of projects in the UK, helping to create a better informed debate about poverty, its causes and solutions.  Read More…


EVENT: 24TH FEBRUARY 2016
‘Meeting of Minds: Reflections on the ‘good society’ and how we get there?’
A joint event coordinated by I4P, Webb Memorial Trust and the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University. This meeting of minds will be attended by an invited group and the vision for this event will be a collaboration of thoughts, a conversation and idea sharing around what the good society might look like. More information


EVENT: 2ND DECEMBER 2015 
‘Meeting of Minds: What might a Good Society Look Like?’
A joint event coordinated by I4P, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and the Webb Memorial Trust.  The event was attended by an invited group to promote a meeting of minds; a consideration of what is required of a good society; and how do sectors collaborate to tackle poverty?   The aim of the event was to share what is being done by different sectors in terms of poverty alleviation, and focus on what more can be done. The event centred around reinforcing the need for collaborative action between local state, civil society and business.  Invited speakers representing public, private and civil society were invited to share their thoughts, and a roundtable discussion took place which asked, ‘what do we need to do to tackle poverty?’.  More information


PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 2015
A Literature Review: The Response of Civil Society to Poverty and Inequality in the UK in Recent Decades.rep-simpletruths
As part of our research funded by The Webb Memorial Trust into concepts of a Good Society, I4P has produced a literature review. The review considers the impact of civil society groups in reducing poverty and inequality and uses Food Poverty as the lens through which to examine this.  This extensive literature review will contribute to the wider research into concepts of a Good Society being conducted by I4P.  Further research includes semi-structured interviews with Fairness Commissions and Focus groups across the UK with civil society groups.  More I4P publications.


AusterityAgency in Austerity – Fairness Commission Report
MAY 2014
Poverty remains an endemic feature of life in the UK, the growth of food banks and pay day loan companies coming to symbolise the hardship experienced by increasing numbers of people across the country in recent years. This report examines Fairness Commissions as an approach to reducing poverty and inequality in the UK. This report was commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty.


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Approaches to Reducing Poverty
MAY 2014
This report is a more general report on civil society initiatives and fairness commissions which was launched at an event at the House of Commons on May 6th. It focuses on what more could be done to engage our whole society in taking the action to address poverty.
Approaches to Reducing Poverty.   More I4P publications.

 


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