What's new at British Future

September 2020

Dear friends

I hope you are safe and well. For us at British Future, it seems more important than ever right now to ask now how we are all going to get through this current crisis together – with Covid cases rising, new restrictions in place and the impact of recession starting to be felt.


Nearly 60,000 people have already taken part in Talk/together, the national conversation asking what divides us, what unites us and what will bring us closer together, which British Future is coordinating as part of the /Together coalition. This week Talk/together entered its next phase: conversations with the public and local stakeholders are taking place in every nation and region across the UK, starting in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Contact jill@britishfuture.org if you’d like to be part of the Yorkshire & Humberside stakeholder discussion on Monday 28 September, or in other nations and regions over the next few months. You can also still have your say in our online survey.


Will Covid cause division in Yorkshire or can we get through this together?” is the topic for discussion at our Talk/together webinar this evening at 6pm. See below for details. While the panellist are Yorkshire-based, the issues they will discuss are very much national in scope, so do join the conversation no matter where you’re based. You can still register for the event here. It will be streamed live on the @BritishFuture twitter feed and on YouTube, where you can also watch the video of our previous Talk/together panel discussion.


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) if you’d like to receive this weekly update and I’ll add you to the mailing list.

APPG on Social Integration

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, of which British Future is the secretariat, is also currently conducting an inquiry to examine the legacy and lessons of the COVID-19 crisis in relation to social connection and integration. Thank you to those who responded to our open call for evidence. If you would still like to submit written evidence, we have extended the deadline to 10am Monday 28 September. Our first oral evidence sessions, conducted online, start next week.

History, identity and race

Britain’s history, and how it is commemorated, has become a key front in an angry ‘culture war’ about how we talk about identity and race. We hope to explore new ways to find common ground. Sunder Katwala wrote for politics.co.uk this month about the recent row over the last night of the proms – and why it means little to most ethnic minority Britons.

Conservative Party conference

We shall be exploring the topic of race at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event this year, in partnership with Conservatives Against Racism for Equality. Contact Events Manager lucy@britishfuture.org if you’re interested in supporting or participating in the event.

Upcoming publications

Look out, too, for the publication later this year of the report of our independent inquiry into UK citizenship policy, chaired by Alberto Costa MP.

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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