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 was published on the 27th September 2018. Download the flyer here and order with Oxford University Press here.
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