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Inclusive growth and social infrastructure

In an article for the RSA, the Inclusive Growth Commision makes the following recommendation:

  1. Investment in social as well as physical infrastructure. Over the longer term, we emphasise the importance of investment that builds social infrastructure as well as physical infrastructure and transport connectivity. If the government is serious about inclusive growth, it needs to invest (rather than simply accrue cost) in social infrastructure in the same way that it does now in physical infrastructure, assuming the same long-term multiplier effects about the nature and size of economic growth. It needs to redefine as investment the work we need to do to bring people and places up to the level where they can take part equally in the economy.

Jackie Longworth, FPSW Chair says:


Gender, health and wellbeing

Healthwatch Bristol has produced a report all about ‘Gender, health and wellbeing’ The key themes gathered in the report are:


Domestic Abuse is your business

Bristol Zero Tolerance and The Hollie Gazzard Trust invite you to attend the BEHIND CLOSED DOORS conference raising awareness of the impact of domestic abuse and stalking on the workplace and helping employers to provide appropriate support to their staff.



Prof Sue Durbin lecture UWE 2nd November

Women getting in and getting on - see:


Women in Parliament Inquiry deadline extended.

30th September 2016 is the revised deadline for submissions to the Women and Equalities Committee on increasing the number of women in Parliament. This is in the context of the proposed reduction in the number of Parliamentary Seats which looks like affecting most the Party with the highest proportion of women!

Fair Play South West submission can be found docxhere21 KB.

Frances Scott and the 50:50 Parliament Team just posted an update on their petition, Of our 650 MPs only 192 are women and 458 are men. Sign our petition asking for solutions to get better gender balance in Parliament. #5050Parliament

WBG launch #MayMonitor

We launched our new campaign – the #MayMonitor – earlier today (13th September) via the newsletter, our website and on the TUC’s Touchstone blog.

The May Monitor will be a regular feature of our public campaigning. It tracks the progress of Theresa May’s government against her early promises, such as her promise to deliver an ‘economy that works for everyone’ and get ‘tough on corporate irresponsibility’, against a simple scorecard that is accompanied by a more detailed assessment.

You can read about it in more detail here:

-          Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cfwTjH

-          Blog for the TUC’s Touchstone Blog: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2016/09/maymonitor-new-campaign-track-progress-theresa-mays-government/

-          WBG website: www.wbg.org.uk/maymonitor


  • Read the full statement setting out the challenges facing Theresa May’s government, go to our dedicated #MayMonitor page.
  • Tweet @WomensBudgetGrp #MayMonitor with your assessment
  • Spread the word!


Women in the labour market post-brexit

On 20th September Heather Wakefield will speak at the WBG AGM.

See www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events 


Bristol Zero Tolerance Present

jpgSin By Silence2.17 MB, 27th September 2016, see www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events