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Society

The UK has one of the most centralised states in the developed world and one of the more disaffected and politically estranged populations in Europe.

Society

Society (Cont.)

We hold our leaders in contempt, but despair of doing anything for ourselves or for our community. This dysfunction, which is evident at every level of society, stems from the collapse of our social relations and personal foundations. We are becoming an increasingly fragmented and atomised society, and this has deep and damaging consequences for our families, our communities and our polity.

At the most basic level, the break-up of families damages everyone, but hurts the very poorest first and worst. Too many children at the bottom of our society are at a significant disadvantage, as too much is borne by lone parents who are trying to do more and more with less and less. We know that the poorer you are, the less connected with your wider society you tend to be and the more removed from the traditional resources of community and kin. Bereft of the institutions and structures that could help them, and cut-adrift from traditions and cultures that once taught skills of survival and self-advancement, too many families and communities on low household incomes are deeply unstable and are facing seemingly insurmountable problems alone, unadvised and unassisted.

We believe that power should be devolved to the lowest appropriate level. Public services and neighbourhoods should be governed and shaped from the ‘bottom up’, by families and communities and their associations. Neighbourhoods need to be served by a range of providers that incorporate and empower their inhabitants. Moving away from a topdown siloed approach to service delivery, which results in departmental conflicts and an array of targets, such activity should be driven by a holistic and integrated vision of overall local need – a vision that can ascertain and address the most challenging factors that prevent human flourishing. We believe that neither state bureaucracy nor privatisation of public services is attentive to either whole persons or the life of communities considered in the round. Instead, we need new institutions that reflect the priority of direct and inter-personal human relationships. Not only is such a method more humane, it is also likely to be the only approach that works.

Society Workstreams

Projects
  • Comments Off on Backing Beauty: A year-long commission to place beauty back into the heart of public policy and planning
Backing Beauty: A year-long commission to place beauty back into the heart of public policy and planning

What we want to achieve We want to restore the discernment and realisation of beauty to the heart of public policy and local planning. As...

Projects
  • Comments Off on Common Values, Common Market: Recasting Britain’s role in Europe to secure our long-term prosperity
Common Values, Common Market: Recasting Britain’s role in Europe to secure our long-term prosperity

Too close to call? With a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU looming, polls have the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns neck and neck....

Projects
  • Comments Off on Agents of Integration and Agents of Excellence: How to deliver genuine quality and care across social care services
Agents of Integration and Agents of Excellence: How to deliver genuine quality and care across social care services

Following the success of The Care Collapse: The imminent crisis in residential care and its impact on the NHS, which was covered by all...

Projects
ResPublica partners with Glasgow City Council

ResPublica is pleased to be working with Glasgow City Council to establish the legitimate and key asks of Glasgow and its wider city region in...

Finding True North: Beyond the Northern Powerhouse
24th June 2016

Finding True North is the next step forward for the Northern Powerhouse agenda placing identity, culture, collaboration, and innovation at its heart. The Government’s Northern...

Ticket to Ride: How high speed rail for Liverpool can help realise the Northern Powerhouse
23rd February 2016

The Liverpool City Region, with its world-class port and logistics facilities, growing business community, and cultural vibrancy, has the potential to drive economic growth at...