Needy nation

Sinking and Swimming is a new report by the Young Foundation. It is big, it is complex but it is also a fantastic overview and a wonderfully sophisticated look at Britain.

The team takes a framework of the ‘needs’ that we have as human beings and offers a systematic look at how we are doing as a nation. As I read it, what is visible tends to be addressed. What is invisible – like mental ill-health and night workers – tends to be left neglected. What helps people make it through is when they have the mindset, the skills and above all the supportive relationships to bounce back.

There is a new formula emerging here – for personal action, community co-operation and state policies that promote well-being in a more rounded way.

Sink or Swim is a landmark.

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