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Posts from the ‘Neighbourhoods & Deprivation’ Category

Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.

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Having Talked the Talk, Which Way should we Walk?

Drawing on new research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Professor Glen Bramley considers what policies would substantially reduce poverty in the UK.

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The ‘more or less?’ quiz on ‘counting the cost of uk poverty’

Glen Bramley discusses the findings of his new Joseph Rowntree Foundation research counting the costs of poverty in the UK.

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Destitution and foodbanks in the UK: new evidence sheds light on topical debates

Dr Filip Sosenko examines food bank use in the UK drawing on new data from the JRF-funded Destitution study.

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I-SPHERE research highlights impact of cuts on local services

Research conducted by I-SPHERE and University of Glasgow researchers exploring the 'cost of the cuts' used to highlight impact of budget cuts on local authority services.

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The cost of the cuts: a social impact tool for local authorities

As local authorities continue to face difficult decisions amid ongoing austerity measures, Joseph Rowntree Foundation has worked with researchers at the University of Glasgow and I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University to produce a tool to help councils assess the impact of cuts on services and the public.

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The most deprived areas have borne the brunt of local government budget cuts

A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report from researchers at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt’s I-SPHERE shows that the most deprived areas of England have seen the largest cuts in funding since 2010. The

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The ‘Feeding Britain’ report: Deeper into the woods?

As the lead investigator on the ‘Overview of Food Aid Provision in Scotland’ study and the ‘Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund’, Dr. Filip Sosenko comments on a recent Westminister enquiry on food poverty.

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Miserable in our own way? Poverty, Exclusion, Inequality and the Scottish Independence Debate

Professor Glen Bramley discusses why he believes that from a poverty and welfare perspective, Scotland should stay within the UK.

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Scottish poverty study calls on Governments to tackle rising deprivation

The percentage of households falling below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.

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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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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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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

Demolish Morningside! Dr Peter Matthews presents Fringe Show

Dr Peter Matthews starred in a show on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – in which he spoke about policies to create mixed communities – and why these never seem to involve relocating the wealthy. In his blog, he reflects on his experience.

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Protection ‘for’ or protection ‘from’? Children in town planning

“Children are the future” and “Let’s do it for the kids”. These are the kind of phrases you often hear when talking of the legacy we wish to leave our planet, but what if children are just as much citizens of the present as they are the future?

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Report: Better measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland

The Income Modelling Project was carried out by Heriot Watt University with the aim of developing improved measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland at small area level. Professor Glen Bramley and David Watkins have now published a report on their findings. Read more

Scottish impoverishment reported in media

Although Scotland does slightly better than the UK average, poverty in Scotland is the worst it has been in 30 years.

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Press Release: New figures on the impoverishment of the UK

Key findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) Project, published today in its first report ‘The Impoverishment of the UK’.

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The impoverishment of the UK

This morning the Guardian published the first headline results from the Poverty and Social Exclusion project. Our data shows that 33% of British households lacked at least three basic living necessities in 2012, compared with 14% in 1983.

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Poverty research broadcast on ITV

The first results from this study were broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 28th in a special ‘Tonight’ programme on ‘Breadline Britain’.

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Opinion and prejudice in child poverty research

Nine in ten people wrongly believe that drug and alcohol addiction are a main cause of child poverty in the UK, according to a recent DWP survey. Dr Kirsten Besemer, researcher at IHURER and member of the Poverty and Social Exclusion UK team, explains how child poverty measures can incorporate public opinion while avoiding unfounded prejudice.

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