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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 (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

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Agents of Integration and Agents of Excellence: How to deliver genuine quality and care across social care services

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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...

Going to Scale: A new report with Key Cities

The current public policy debate on place-based devolution has so far concentrated on the devolved nations and the so called Metro-Cities. Going to Scale, a...

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Equal Dignity in Pregnancy: Establishing a Support Network for Women in Society

We aim to encourage a radical departure from how this issue has been presented in the UK. It is often implicitly recognized that we need...

Finding True North: Beyond the Northern Powerhouse
18th March 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...