Since its inception in 2004 the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has worked to identify and reverse the root causes of poverty: worklessness; educational failure; family breakdown; addiction; and serious personal debt. But also vital in tackling poverty is providing the foundation all individuals need to flourish: a safe and secure place to live.
While the full causes and consequences of the tragedy remain unclear, the fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in 2017 shone a spotlight onto the quality of social and affordable housing provision in this country and the living conditions of the poorest.
In March 2018, the CSJ established a Commission to address this and has been asked to report its findings back to government. In July 2018 it published its first interim report, Social Housing and Employment, which sets out how the Government can unlock the potential of housing associations to provide life-changing skills programmes for disadvantaged residents.
In the coming months, the Commission will continue to investigate the housing issues shaping the experiences of those most struggling.
Its Final Report will be published in Spring 2019.