CSI book “Social Progress in Britain”

In his landmark 1942 report on social insurance Sir William Beveridge talked about the ‘five giants on the road to reconstruction’ – the giants of Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness.

Social Progress in Britain investigates how much progress Britain has made in tackling the challenges of material deprivation, ill-health, educational standards, lack of housing, and unemployment in the decades since Beveridge wrote. It also asks how progress in Britain compares with that of peer countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USA. Has Britain been slipping behind? What has been the impact of the increased economic inequality which Britain experienced in the 1980s — has rising economic inequality been mirrored by increasing inequalities in other areas of life too? Have there been increasing inequalities of opportunity between social classes, men and women, and different ethnic groups? And what have been the implications for Britain’s sense of social cohesion?

The Book draws on CSI’s briefing notes on social progress which can be downloaded here:

CSI 1: Life Expectancy

CSI 2: Income

CSI 3: Subjective Wellbeing

CSI 4: Crime

CSI 5: Unemployment

CSI 6: Overcrowding

CSI 7: Education

CSI 8: Social Capital

CSI 13: Food insecurity

CSI 14: Corruption

CSI 15: The uneven distribution and decline of social capital in Britain

CSI 16: Have we become more indebted?

CSI 17: Who is at greatest risk of poor health?

CSI 18: Adult smoking

CSI 19: Children’s behavioural problems and well-being

CSI 20: Housing affordability in the UK

CSI 23: Smoking among young people

CSI 25: Trends in educational mobility

CSI 27: Are British parents investing less time in their children?

CSI 28: Food insecurity and foodbank use

CSI 29: Homelessness in the UK