Radical Help: How we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state
In 1942, the Beveridge Report laid the foundations for the UK’s welfare state. Seventy five years later, Hilary Cottam presents a new approach that will help rebuild the institutions that underpin society, based around human connections.
Hilary is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur whose work in communities around the world focuses on collaborative, affordable solutions to 21st century challenges: employment, ageing and chronic disease. Transformation is achieved through approaches that emphasise human relationships supported by technology.
Hilary’s recent book Radical Help argues that the Fourth Industrial Revolution needs an accompanying social revolution and sets out a new social welfare framework.
The prison system in the UK is in crisis. The last 30 years have seen an increase in the prison population of 82%, leading to massive overcrowding and unsafe conditions for prisoners and prison officers alike. Assaults on staff are up by 88% in the past two years alone and rates of self-harm by prisoners are at a record level.
At the same time, reoffending rates sit at around 50% for all categories of prisoner, and rehabilitation, education and purposeful employment schemes within prisons are most often below standard and miss out many prisoners.