Julia Unwin’s address to the VCOSS Summit: Setting the Agenda

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By John Spierings

VCOSS has highlighted the key policy announcements and ideas presented by Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Julia Unwin CBE, Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge and others at their 2014 annual summit. Julia Unwin posed the question: How can the community sector contribute in a changing economy with rising inequality?  In the UK there have been some profound shifts in how people interact with the social fabric of their community. Julia said that among these issues there are some that stand out: Having a job is no longer a guarantee of wellbeing or prosperity. Many working families are still in poverty; Poverty is very expensive for government and its alleviation should be a major objective of government; and High rates of poverty and social exclusion are a threat to security and stability. See more about the VCOSS Summit here: VCOSS VOICE. See more on Julia Unwin here: Approaches to tackling poverty and inequality

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Julia Unwin’s address to the VCOSS Summit: Setting the Agenda