Prime Minister Theresa May has written exclusively in this week’s Big Issue, committing herself to The Big Issue’s prevention strategy.
The Big Issue believes that the only REAL way to break the poverty cycle is to prevent it taking hold. Rather than funnel ever-decreasing resources at social problems once they’ve grown, we should prevent them from happening in the first place – a sentiment the Prime Minister is very much in agreement with.
“This election is the most important this country has faced in my lifetime,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need strong and stable leadership to deliver the right Brexit deal for Britain.
“But this election must take us through Brexit and beyond too. We must take this opportunity to create the country we want to live in. A country where everyone plays by the same rules and where every person can go as far as their talents and hard work can take them. A country where the giant challenges facing our country are confronted, not ducked. And a country where government steps up, not back – standing up for the weak and standing up to the strong.
There is only one way that we are going to address enduring social divisions – by putting prevention at the heart of our approach
“Because at the heart of my manifesto is a belief in the good that government can do. And I believe that there is much more good that government can do to help the vulnerable and to address longstanding social injustices such as homelessness.
“As I wrote in the Big Issue last year, there is only one way that we are ever going to address these enduring social divisions in the long term – by putting prevention at the heart of our approach. If we continue to focus on the symptoms or immediate consequences of issues like homelessness, we will fail. We must instead understand the complex issues that contribute to people becoming homeless in the first place – including domestic abuse, mental illness, problem debt and housing insecurity – and tackle them early to prevent people from suffering further and becoming harder to help.