Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to introduce wide-ranging social reforms to correct what she calls the “burning injustices” in modern society.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said the UK voted for Brexit to change the way the country works and said she wanted a “shared society”.
She said the government has a duty to intervene, including in markets that are not giving consumers the best deal.
Her comments come ahead of a Monday speech on social reform.
On becoming prime minister last summer, Mrs May pledged to lead a “one nation” government working for all and not the “privileged few”.
‘Injustice and unfairness’
In the newspaper, Mrs May writes that a “shared society” means “a society that doesn’t just value our individual rights but focuses rather more on the responsibilities we have to one another… with a commitment to fairness at its heart”.
“It goes to the heart of my belief that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest,” she said.
“The social and cultural unions represented by families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations are the things that define us and make us strong.
“And it is the job of government to encourage and nurture these relationships and institutions where it can, and to correct the injustice and unfairness that divides us wherever it is found…
“From tackling the increasing lack of affordability in housing, fixing broken markets to help with the cost of living, and building a great meritocracy where every child has the opportunity of a good school place, we will act across every layer of society to restore the fairness that is the bedrock of the social solidarity that makes our nation strong.”
Her predecessor David Cameron’s “Big Society” agenda relied on voluntary organisations rather than state intervention.
On Monday, Mrs May will use her speech to argue that previous administrations had focused too narrowly on the very poorest through the welfare system.
She is expected to say that people just above the welfare threshold feel that the system is “stacked against them”.
Mrs May will say her vision of a “shared society” is aimed at tackling “both the obvious and everyday injustices” in an effort to “overcome division and bring our country together”.