Could social wealth funds reduce inequality and tackle austerity? A Sharing Economy proposes radical new ways to close the UK's growing income gap and spread social opportunities. A social wealth fund would boost economic and social investment and simultaneously strengthen the public finances. Offering a powerful antidote to austerity, this is a fascinating topical contribution to current debates about social economics.
Stewart Lansley is a visiting fellow at The Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol. He has written widely on poverty, wealth and inequality. He is the co-author of Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty (with Joanna Mack) and the author of The Cost of Inequality. He has held a variety of academic and journalistic positions and was an executive producer in the current affairs department of the BBC from 1998-2008.
The problem; What are social wealth funds and how could they be financed?; Learning from international examples; A Public Investment and Housing Fund; A social wealth fund financed by the dilution of capital ownership; Could such a scheme help fund a citizen's income?; An emerging debate; The next steps; From drawing board to reality.