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The struggles of disadvantage don’t come in neat boxes—so our response shouldn’t, either

Our joint report shows that, despite different opinions, there are cross-party answers to entrenched social problems—and a profound need for change

By Andy Cook and Andrew Harrop  

Photo: Wornington Green Estate in North Kensington, London. The estate is in the Golborne Ward, which ranks as the most deprived ward in the capital

People facing severe disadvantage are potential to be developed not problems to be solved. Politicians, policy-makers and governments too often look at a person’s situation and come up with their own strategies to fix it. Too rarely do we listen—really listen—to their stories, lives, and experiences and form policy based on a true understanding of the complexity of disadvantage and the assets that people have to overcome it.

And too rarely do…

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