By Matthew Whittaker, Senior Economist, Resolution Foundation
I am supporting the Social Integration Commission because society works best when all members come together in pursuit of common goals. Increasing polarisation along the lines of income, age and ethnicity acts as a barrier to understanding and makes it ever harder to identify shared experiences and ambitions.
A divided Britain therefore risks disadvantaging not just the few, but the many: generating costs that are social, political, and economic. Too often however, we consider these divisions in isolation and focus on the problems rather than the solutions.
By seeking to strengthen our knowledge base and build consensus on practical ways forward, the Commission has the opportunity to develop new connections across society that contribute to a fairer, more cohesive, and happier Britain.
Matthew is a member of the Commission's Policy Working Group