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Listen to the people who have felt left behind

Last updated 4 years ago

Above all, we will listen to the people who have felt left behind by the last few decades of economic growth and want to have more control of their future.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.7

Our verdict

  • This promise to “listen” sits within a broader pledge to “unleash Britain’s potential” through sound management of public finances.
  • Listening to “people who have felt left behind by…decades of economic growth” implies a focus on relative poverty.  Under this administration, we found no government initiatives in this area, and the Children’s Commissioner recently reported that the Prime Minister has made unsubstantiated claims denying the evidence of rising poverty levels.
  • In the absence of a structured programme of consultations with those “who have felt left behind”, and with the Prime Minister apparently dismissing evidence of worsening poverty levels, we think this policy is ‘not started’.

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