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Oxford Debate. Poverty and Inequality: The Cost-of-Living Crisis

Juliet Davenport, Gary Younge and Madeleine Bunting Chaired by Stephen Law

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

4:00pm

1 hour 15 minutes

Exeter College: Marquee

£7 - £12.50

Businesswoman Juliet Davenport, broadcaster Gary Younge and author and journalist Madeleine Bunting look at what has caused the cost-of-living crisis and debate what can be done about it.

As mortgages and rents soar, energy prices rocket, and food prices become ever more crippling, wages have stagnated for years. Half those on benefits are in work, yet already struggling to manage. Teachers report increasing numbers of children showing up hungry. Many elderly people cannot afford to put their heating on. The British workforce is stressed, overworked, insecure, and has not been so powerless for centuries. What has gone wrong? And is there really no alternative?

Davenport is a British businesswoman and the former chief executive of Good Energy, a renewable energy company in the United Kingdom. She also hosts The Great Green Podcast. Her latest book, The Green Start-Up, is an essential toolkit for the modern entrepreneur. Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and professor of sociology at the University of Manchester. He is a former Guardian columnist and author of books including Another Day In the Death of America Bunting was a columnist and associate editor on The Guardian. She wrote on a wide range of subjects including politics, social affairs, faith and global development. Her books include the forthcoming Seaside: England’s Love Affair and Willing Slaves: How The Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and the festival’s major projects director.

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The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders Republic of Panama Event generously supported by Republic of Panama Spanish Embassy Event generously supported by the Spanish Embassy