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Social Justice: transforming lives: One year on

Against a backdrop of difficult economic conditions and pressure on government spending, success stories like these often go unnoticed. But whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, every day vital local services, inspirational frontline leaders and community groups are making a real difference to the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable people.

In March 2012, with the publication of Social Justice: transforming lives, the Government set out its commitment to working hand in hand with these organisations, in order to help the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families still experiencing serious and overlapping disadvantages.

The Social Justice strategy outlined how family breakdown, low educational attainment, worklessness, problem debt, and addiction combine to cause the entrenched poverty affecting many of our communities. The strategy highlighted both the complexity of the issues many people face, and that action to prevent and overcome disadvantage is possible at any stage of life.