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Chancellor of the Common Good

Chancellor of the Common Good

This afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out his plans to invest in ‘common goods’. This intriguing phrase sums up the proper pursuit of government: a commitment to support the private associations that make us safe, happy and free.  The principal...

Trusting the People

Trusting the People

Trusting the people: the case for community-powered conservstism We are proud to have worked with ten newly elected Conservative MPs to publish ‘Trusting The People’. The essay makes the case for a ‘community power’ revolution to build better places, transform public...

What is ‘covenantal’ policy making?

What is ‘covenantal’ policy making?

Yesterday’s ‘Opposition Day’ debate in Parliament on ‘Working People’s Finances’ saw members from across the house consider how best to relieve financial pressure on households as we see the costs of living rise. Naturally, many MPs raised benefits and subsidies as...

A deal with faith communities

A deal with faith communities

We are delighted that the Government has accepted a recommendation made by our co-Chair, Danny Kruger MP, in his report ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant’ which was commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2020.Danny recommended the...

Launch of the Community Power Partnership

Launch of the Community Power Partnership

On 14th July, the NSCU launched the Community Power Partnership in order to promote policies which enable local people, working together, to take back control over the decisions that affect them. Danny Kruger wrote in The Times 'Communities can do a better job for the...

Mary asks Mumsnet: How can I win as a mother?

Mary asks Mumsnet: How can I win as a mother?

Our advisory board member, Mary Harrington, wrote a guest blog for Mumsnet. “you can’t win as a mother. If you’re not being judged for staying with your baby, you’re being judged for not leaning in." Read it here

Why moving up shouldn’t have to mean moving away

Why moving up shouldn’t have to mean moving away

The era of ‘get on your bike’ is over. Tebbit’s 1981 vintage remark underlies the doctrine of social mobility which aims to improve education and employment opportunities for the working classes. This is still noble, but our ‘left behind’ towns and villages testify...

Newsletter #1

Newsletter #1

Get the latest updates from the unit, the state of the new social covenant in Westminster and news from our friends too. Read our first newsletter here

We need human chauvinism to protect the planet

We need human chauvinism to protect the planet

The Rhine River combines beauty and utility. Lacing the chic cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam, the river has been a source of inspiration to the greatest romantic minds while proving useful for trade and supplying energy. Many poets have dedicated verse to...

A nation is more than the sum of its past

A nation is more than the sum of its past

Critics of the present government’s strategy for ‘levelling up society’ have accused it of trafficking in transactional pork-barrel politics towards working-class voters to whom it owes its resounding victory in December 2019. But the emergence of the New Social...

Rebalancing power means rebalancing wealth

Rebalancing power means rebalancing wealth

Since the 1980s politics has been dominated by a liberal consensus. The right controlled the economy, the left controlled the institutions of culture and learning. Wealth and opportunity were increasingly concentrated at the top and there was a diminishing sense of...

Stop hedging, start marrying

Stop hedging, start marrying

My grandmother was in many ways an unconventional woman, but having been at different times a doctor, a farmer, and a single mother, she was never less than pragmatic. On one of my regular visits to her care home, in my mid-twenties, she said to me out of the blue:...

The faith of the patriot

The faith of the patriot

I am a British patriot. In late 1982 I was a student, living in Chicago and about to marry a US citizen. I vividly remember, in the weeks before the December wedding, a conversation with two American friends, who casually assumed that I would be settling in the New...

A new social covenant for a post-pandemic Britain

A new social covenant for a post-pandemic Britain

On the launch of the New Social Covenant Unit on 21st March 2021, Danny Kruger wrote about how the job of government is to create the conditions for virtue, and how to achieve this. You can read the article on UnHerd here.

The March 2021 Budget

The March 2021 Budget

We are delighted that the The Budget reflects our calls to boost community power and social infrastructure in the following announcements: Levelling Up Fund (£4.8 billion) “invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including town centre and...

We need to support the household economy

We need to support the household economy

The word ‘economy’ comes from the Greek ‘oikos’ meaning, household. But currently, too often policy makes the home as uncomfortable, expensive, and pointless as possible. Ultimately, our systems of tax, benefits and subsidies are a result of political choices which...