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Theresa May outlines 'shared society' vision to tackle 'everyday injustices'

Theresa May will set out her plans for a 'shared society'. Credit: PA

The prime minister has outlined her vision for a "shared society" to tackle "burning injustices" faced by those who feel they have been ignored by Westminster.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph (£), Theresa May wrote: "It goes to the heart of my belief that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest."

She added that helping those who are "just about managing" is a key goal of her government and promised a significant shift in the way it tackles inequality.

Mrs May said that previous administrations had focused too narrowly on the very poorest through the welfare system, while people just above the welfare threshold felt the system was "stacked against them".

She will give a major speech on social reform on Monday, the first of a series of interventions on domestic policy over the coming weeks.

The speech will focus on people living just above the welfare threshold. Credit: PA

In her mission statement, Mrs May is expected emphasise that the state has a significant role to play in helping shape a "shared society"

It will be a stark departure from her Tory predecessors Margaret Thatcher - who once declared "there is no such thing as society" and David Cameron, whose Big Society agenda relied on voluntary organisations rather than state intervention.

Mrs May will say:

It means making a significant shift in the way that government works in Britain. Because government and politicians have for years talked the language of social justice - where we help the very poorest - and social mobility - where we help the brightest among the poor.

But to deliver the change we need and build that shared society, we must move beyond this agenda and deliver real social reform across every layer of society so that those who feel that the system is stacked against them - those just above the threshold that attracts the government's focus today, yet those who are by no means rich or well off - are also given the help they need.

Because people who are just managing, just getting by don't need a government that will get out of the way, they need a government that will make the system work for them. An active government that will work for them and allow them to share in the growing prosperity of post-Brexit Britain.

– Theresa May
  • Brexit "was a quiet revolution"
Theresa May said that Brexit was a 'quiet revolution' by the disaffected. Credit: PA

In her Sunday Telegraph article, Mrs May also said the Brexit vote signalled that people wanted to see pivotal changes to how the country works.

"When the British people voted in the referendum last June, they did not simply vote to withdraw from the European Union; they voted to change the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever."

“It was a quiet revolution by those who feel the system has been stacked against them for too long – and an instruction to this Government to seize the opportunity of building a stronger, fairer Britain that works for everyone, not just a privileged few.”