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December 2020

Dear friends

On Thursday 10 December British Future will publish the final report of the independent Inquiry, chaired by Alberto Costa MP, into UK citizenship policy. The report makes a series of recommendations for reform of citizenship policy, having considered such questions as:

An online event, with Alberto Costa, Ryan Shorthouse of Bright Blue, Alexandra Bulat of the3million and our own Sunder Katwala will discuss its findings at 12.30pm – click here for event details and to register.

 

Talk/together

On 6 January 2021 we will close the online survey for Talk/together, the national conversation asking what divides us, what unites us and what will bring us closer together. If you haven’t already, do please take 5 minutes to share your views. More than 100,000 people have already taken part in the project, which British Future is coordinating as part of the /Together coalition.

We’ve now held online discussions with local stakeholders and members of the public all over the UK, with just Wales and the South-West of England remaining in the next fortnight. Jill Rutter and Jake Puddle have been blogging their reflections from each region.

We will publish the full findings of Talk/together in early 2021 and you can still submit evidence up until Christmas – contact jill@britishfuture.org to do so. We want as many people as possible to have their say, so do please share the online survey with your networks.

Remember Together

We were delighted that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Leader Keir Starmer both voiced their support for our call to do more to commemorate the contribution of black and Asian soldiers in the World Wars. It was also great to have the support of race campaigners Patrick Vernon and Zehra Zaidi, who took part in a fascinating discussion with historian Professor Daniel Todman, educator Katharine Birbalsingh and British Future Director Sunder Katwala – watch the video here. This is part of our ongoing Remember Together campaign in partnership with the Royal British Legion, which has big plans for next year – check our website for more details.

Sunder Katwala took part in an online Centre for London discussion of ‘How should we remember and celebrate London’s past?’ with historian David Olusoga, who said “I think what British Future has achieved around the First World War should be the model going forward for identification of middle ground and shared stories.”

Watch the video here.

Sunder also spoke at the Bristol Festival of Ideas as part of a panel on ‘Exploring Bristol’s past to understand the city today’. Watch the video here.

Jill Rutter, our Director of Strategy, gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes to the UK. Watch the video here. 

Covid-19 and public attitudes

British Future’s expertise is in understanding public attitudes to issues that can seem difficult and polarising. During the Covid crisis we have been compiling a weekly digest of public attitudes polling on issues related to Covid and its impact on society. If you would like to receive this weekly mailing, let me know (at steve@britishfuture.org) and I will add you to the mailing list.

APPG on Social Integration

Oral evidence sessions continue for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration’s inquiry to examine the legacy and lessons of the COVID-19 crisis in relation to social connection and integration. After an excellent session on the role of business, with evidence from Stephen Kelly of Tech Nation and Ailbhe McNaola of Power to Change (watch the video here), we’ll soon be hearing about the role that volunteering can play in social connection. British Future is the secretariat to the APPG – do contact us if you would like more details.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to discuss these or any other aspects of our work.

Best wishes

Steve Ballinger

Director of Communications, British Future

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