by Imogen Sinclair | Alliance Manager
The general election is over. No more kissing babies, door knocking or pub crawling for photo ops. The electorate have cast their votes and now the hard work begins.
The MPs elected to this Parliament will spend at least half their week in Westminster. The tea room, voting lobbies and chamber will soon feel like home, and they, the furniture. However, if one thing is clear from this election, it’s that getting beyond Westminster is imperative to understanding the priorities of the people.
That is why The Centre for Social Justice sense-checks policy with those on whom it will bear most impact. Time and again we’ve seen inherent in Whitehall policy the assumption that some of the most disadvantaged Britons have the capabilities to engage in the latest welfare program; the relationships that have broken down, the confidence that has been eroded and the money to tide them over.
Our alliance of hundreds of charitable organisations help us to understand the human experience of poverty and ensure that our ideas will work on the ground. If the government want to retain the votes lent to them this time round, there is no time to waste in making genuine progress towards supporting the most disadvantaged Britons.
The CSJ want to open up our alliance to Parliamentarians so they too can benefit from exposure to those that do the heavy-lifting of tackling poverty, day in, day out. We are re-launching our historical initiative, the Inner-City Challenge, that provides MPs, Peers and Ministers with the opportunity to spend protected time with excellent organisations that know what works.