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Tackling Poverty in the UK: the best evidence and the right perspective

Earlier this year, I took part in an event focusing on how lasting change for people and places in poverty can be achieved. Here is my answer - By Beth Watts.

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All in the mind?

Can we change the way people use their cars by understanding the reasons behind their behaviour? Emma Mbabazi writes about her PhD research.

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What difference do Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to homelessness? An interview with Beth Watts

Watch an interview by Beth Watts about the difference Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to the experiences of homeless people

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Inaugural Lecture: After the Iron Curtain

The full film of Professor Mark Stephen's inaugural lecture is now available. On Wednesday 30th of April 2014, Mark spoke about the complex picture of post-communist housing in a variety of former 'Eastern Bloc' countries.

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‘Designing out’: a callous or compassionate response to rough sleeping?

The installation of 'spikes' to deter rough sleepers from bedding down in a doorway in London has prompted an outcry in social media. Dr Sarah Johnsen considers the ethicality of 'designing out' rough sleepers.

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MSc in Sustainable Urban Management now accredited by RICS

Improving the sustainability of cities is a major global challenge for the twenty first century. The MSc in Sustainable Urban Management addresses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability.

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Rethinking Planning: The Interface with Spatial Economic Forces

Colin Jones explains how planners need to shape, rather than fight market forces in order to improve living conditions and achieve social goals.

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Homelessness in Northern Ireland

This report is part of the UK homelessness monitors series and focuses on homelessness in Northern Ireland. It provides a ‘baseline’ account of the situation in 2013, spanning issues of rough sleeping, temporary accommodation, statutory homelessness and ‘hidden’ homelessness.

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Some thoughts on the property tax reform stand-off

Chris Leishman reflects on the curious cross-roads of events and economic circumstances which prompted the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s re-evaluation of council tax reforms.

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Urban Refugees and the Challenge of the Slums

Assessing the vulnerability of refugee groups is a major obstacle for humanitarian action in urban areas. Aisling O'Loghlen investigates vulnerability of refugees in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Evidence on the Third National Planning Framework for Scotland

Professor Glen Bramley gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament, Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. He provided a written note of evidence which is reproduced here.

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Reflections on the growth of food aid in today’s Scotland

Dr. Nicola Livingstone reports on the diverse nature of food aid in Scotland. The growth of food inequalities is a worrying development in UK society and a reflection on the government’s welfare reforms and our austerity economy...

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The Challenge of an Ageing Population for Social Housing

The UK population, like in many countries, is ageing - with wide consequences for society and the economy. Almost one fifth of elderly households live in social housing. By Professor Colin Jones

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The Welfare Wall

To date assessments of the current UK welfare reforms have generally been ‘static’ and examine the consequences of each reform in isolation. Impacts are then often overstated and fail to analyse how reforms will inter-act with one another.

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International expert panel discuss welfare conditionality

Last week, the first event of the research project ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ took place at the University of York. This five year (2013-2018) programme[1] aims to create an international and interdisciplinary focal point for social science research on welfare conditionality, that is, the linking welfare benefits and services to ‘responsible’ behaviour.

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New report finds that 9% of adults have been homeless

The newly published Homelessness Monitor: England finds that nine per cent of adults in England have experienced homelessness at some point in their life, the highest rate of all the UK countries.

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The size of cuts does matter, Minister

Ministers dismissed evidence that the most deprived areas have been hardest hit by cuts, but they themselves were wrong to do so, writes Professor Glen Bramley.

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Coping with the cuts? Local government and poorer communities

It was clear from the moment the Coalition Government announced its austerity programme in 2010 that local government services would take a disproportionate reduction in resources, unprecedented in recent times.

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“Gulf in council spending may divide society”

“Cuts may force councils to stop funding arts and leisure services by 2015″ and “Britain’s poorest and most deprived areas hit hardest as society becomes unacceptably more divided”. Read more

Research conversation: What do we mean by UK poverty?

What do we mean by poverty? How can poverty exist in a developed society such as the United Kingdom? Is UK poverty as “real” as poverty in Africa? Kirsten Besemer and Peter Matthews discuss these questions and why they should concern planners, as part of a series of Research Conversations. Read more

Tony Pidgely receives honorary doctorate

Tony Pidgley, Chairman of The Berkeley Group Plc, was awarded a Doctorate of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to house building, and achievements in sustainable urban development. Read more

Reflections on homelessness and welfare reform in Scotland

Last week, I had the great pleasure of speaking at Homeless Action Scotland’s 14th National Conference. Speaking alongside some the architects of Scotland’s now globally renowned homelessness legislation[i] and facing an audience of 130 practitioners was both a privilege and a foreboding task

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Overhaul the planning system to boost building of better homes

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Republished from The Conversation UK

As a planning academic you might think that I get heavily involved in the planning system – commenting on draft development plans, or objecting to proposed developments – but actually I tend to steer clear of this. Recently, however, Read more

Seminars: Social capital, sustainable homes

We have two IHURER seminars this week, Wednesday afternoon and Friday lunchtime.  Read more
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