'Our social security system must guarantee real welfare'

Baroness Ruth Lister is chair of the Compass management committee, emeritus professor of social policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer. She is a former director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its honorary president. 

She has published widely on poverty and social exclusion, welfare state reform, gender and citizenship. She has been a tireless antipoverty campaigner, children’s rights activist and feminist having played a leading role in, amongst others, the Child Poverty Action Group and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

She has served on several government panels, most notably on the Commission for Social Justice.