As well as taking forward the programme of pilots and other immediate actions set out in the Action Plan, the Task Force will pursue a programme of active stakeholder engagement and discussion to inform our ongoing programme and policy development. Stakeholder discussions will also feed into a wider 10 year strategic review of the long-term drivers of social exclusion.
We will publish a progress report in the Summer of 2007, setting out further details and early results from the pilots and demonstration projects; the conclusions of stakeholder discussions; and policy changes and investments resulting from the various Government papers and reviews relating to exclusion that are being published in the coming year.
Social exclusion cannot be addressed by Government alone. Individuals and the wider community, in addition to the private and third sectors, all have a role to play. The care system, for example, is largely reliant on ordinary citizens taking up the challenge of fostering, and sometimes adoption, while the employment prospects of people suffering mental illness rest heavily on the attitudes of employers. But most of all, of course, people who are suffering social exclusion must want progress for themselves and those around them. This is the next chapter in our renewed attack on social exclusion. By working together we can ensure that even the most excluded have a stake in the society and economy of tomorrow by seizing the opportunities that life in Britain offers today.