Most Young Fabians were in their teens when New Labour came to power twelve years ago. Many were still at primary school. We are a generation whose formative political years have been spent under a Labour government. Much has been achieved in that time – including the national minimum wage, vital investment in education and the National Health Service and policies to help society turn the corner on inequality and life chances – but much is left still to do, and we must be the generation to do it. Our society continues to be one in which four million children live in poverty. Over 60,000 young workers under 22 earn less than the minimum wage in jobs with limited prospects of progression.
It is our generation that must pick up the tab for a 200-year old carbon legacy and it is we who must seek to re-invigorate democracy both at home and internationally to find just solutions to manifold injustices. If we are to have any hope of addressing these and other challenges, we must move the progressive agenda forward, and fast.
The work of this years policy groups cover the following areas:
• The Economy & Prosperity
• International & Security Policy
• Democracy & Communities
• The Public Realm