The second world war was the catalyst for creating the welfare state and the NHS, as a war-weary population demanded a more equal and secure future. Today, the need to recover from the economic crisis caused by Covid-19 creates a renewed urgency for change. Even before the pandemic, our economic model was failing: flatlining wages, precarious work and, above all, the existential threat of environmental breakdown. We need to build back better, but we do not need to start from scratch.

Across the UK, there are communities and a growing number of local authorities developing models that allow ...


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