In 2007, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) published a ground breaking report which shone a light on the shocking levels of deprivation that blight communities across the UK. The project transformed the British political landscape, reinvigorated a tired debate on how to tackle poverty and was hailed as a definitive research paper on social problems in modern Britain.
Seven years on, the UK is in a radically different political and economic position – but the need to give a voice to the most disadvantaged people could not be greater. For this reason CSJ has spent the past two years researching Breakthrough Britain 2015 – a fresh assessment of how the root causes of poverty are continuing to hold back people, communities and families. This overview document summarises the process that they have followed, the journey they have been on, and the conclusions they have reached.