By Dan Thompson
An event at Margate’s Winter Gardens will look at the impact of the UK’s economy on the everyday life of people living on the Isle of Thanet – and try to find ways to make it work more fairly for everyone.
From shop closures to the decline in manufacturing, and from the gig economy to the rising cost of living, all the indicators are that the UK economy is not working. It is no longer delivering rising standards for a majority of the population. Too many people are in insecure jobs, young people are set to be poorer than their parents, and the nations and regions of the UK are diverging further.
The Institute for Public Policy Research brought together a Commission on Economic Justice in 2016, in the wake of the vote to leave the EU, to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and to make recommendations for reform. Its final report Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy, published in September 2018, made the case for a radical overhaul of our economy.
Next month, the IPPR team is holding an interactive event exploring paths to economic justice in Margate, Thanet and the wider region. People from politics, business and the local communities will come together to respond to ideas about fairness and prosperity in the local economy.
The event is free to attend and open to all. It will take place on Thursday, February 13, 5.30pm-8.30pm in the Queens Hall at Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate. The event will open with refreshments at 5.30pm, speeches begin at 6pm. There will be drinks and activities from 7.30pm-8.30pm.
Speakers confirmed so far include Jess Search, Chief Executive, Doc Society and Chair of IPPR and Carys Roberts, Chief Economist and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice, IPPR.