Join us for our second event in the YF Nation Divided series, where we will be discussing the impact of the broadening economic divisions in our society on community cohesion and integration.
Over the course of this roundtable, we aim to explore the extent to which social class remains a divide within Britain and how this interacts with cultural, regional & intergenerational divisions. Britain is swiftly becoming increasingly divided with opportunities and aspirations often dependent on the socio-economic group you are born into, creating a divide between those with the most and those with the least, with repercussions on community cohesion and engagement.
Members will be joined by the following experts in this field:
- Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham & Heston, member of Exiting the European Union Select Committee
- Cllr Reema Patel, Nuffield Foundation & formerly Project Manager for the RSA Citizen's Economic Council
- Ben Hughes, Interim CEO, New Economics Foundation (invited)
During this roundtable discussion we hope to explore some of the following questions:
• What are the causes and consequences of the widening socio-economic gap across the UK?
• How do we achieve equality of opportunity for everyone?
• The consequences of widespread closure of community and state-run programmes
• Reflection on the loss and creation of industries, and the need to develop a stronger industrial strategy
• Changes in employment structures and skills & training drive, affecting job security, social mobility and opportunity
• Health inequalities that affect quality of life and the extent to which individuals can participate and engage in their communities
The event is set in the context of the Young Fabians ‘A Nation Divided: Building a United Kingdom’ pamphlet, which seeks to explore the extent to which social, economic, intergenerational, regional and cultural divisions within the UK have led to a breakdown in community cohesion and social integration.
We look forward to seeing you there!
London SW1A 0AA
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