Proposals for early intervention, new social settlement

Two new reports with major proposals on public policy of particular sector interest:

Think tank the New Economics Foundation has set out proposals for a new social settlement in a major new report. While defending the best of Britain’s welfare state, it calls for urgent changes in the light of new risks: widening social and economic inequalities; accumulations of power by wealthy elites; and the imminent danger of catastrophic damage to the natural environment.

Read NEF’s article at http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/why-we-need-a-new-social-settlement or find ‘People, planet, power: Towards a new social settlement’ (pdf, 708KB) at http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/people-planet-power-towards-a-new-social-settlement.

A major study by the Early Intervention Foundation has found that social problems affecting young people are costing government close to seventeen billion pounds a year. Children and Young People Now news http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1149675/failure-tackle-childrens-costs-gbp17bn, or get ‘Spending on Late Intervention: how we can do better for less’ via http://www.eif.org.uk/publications/spending-on-late-intervention-how-we-can-do-better-for-less/ (pdf, 1MB).

Meanwhile, an ‘Early Action Neighbourhood Fund’ project is to pilot three projects to explore whether more grant funding can be used to prevent problems occurring, rather than solve them afterwards. The fund is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the projects specialising in children and community services are in Coventry, Norwich and Hartlepool. More from Civil Society News.