Hilary’s career may be varied, but her understanding of the welfare reform challenge is far-reaching. During this podcast Hilary explains the problems facing modern society and the mounting challenges of reducing poverty. An estimated 14.2 million people live in poverty in the UK today, and this number is growing. Hilary shares the ugly truth that these large numbers include many people in work within the private sector.
Hilary calls on us, through this podcast and her new book: Radical Help, to re-examine poverty. Understanding that having a job should mean that you aren’t in a financial crisis. Hilary challenges us that government and the public sector alone cannot solve these problems, that fixing blunt welfare instruments designed in the 1950s simply won’t work.
Instead says Hilary, we all need to be part of the solution. She’s on the hunt for people with big ideas and new industrialists to re-think welfare and the future of work: “We need to join up social action, bringing thinking and action together in new ways.”
If you would like to know more or get in touch with Hilary, you can do so through her website: http://www.hilarycottam.com or contact Hilary on twitter: @hilarycottam