Oct 4, 2016
Time & Date
Tuesday 4th October 2016
15.30 – Start
16.30 – End
Policy Exchange Marquee (ENT 1)
The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities
Nick Bosanquet, Emeritus Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College London
Philip Collins, Columnist and Chief Leader Writer, The Times
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome
Rebecca Lowe Coulson, Policy Exchange
In recent years, successive Conservative leaders have shown a special interest in social justice, especially in the form of helping the poorest in society, and in social mobility – in other words, in helping people to realise their aspirations, thus creating a more meritocratic society.
The new Prime Minister has made it clear that the Government will be less focused on social justice and social mobility than on what some of its key figures term “social reform” – that is to say, improving the standard of living and quality of life for ordinary working people.
What will this mean in practice? What implications does it have for social justice, and the poorest people in society, who are either in low-paid work or are not working at all?