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Implementing the Homeless Reduction Bill: Lessons from London

Now that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its second reading, I-SPHERE PhD Student and practitioner Adam Stephenson considers how local authorities can best implement the proposed changes.

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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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I-SPHERE submits evidence to House of Lords on National Policy for the Built Environment

This blog reproduces evidence submitted to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment by I-SPHERE Professors Glen Bramley, Neil Dunse and Chris Leishman.

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Wenjie Wu receives World Social Science Fellow award

Dr. Wenjie Wu, Associate Professor at I-SPHERE, Heriot Watt University, has been awarded as a World Social Science Fellow in Big Data and Urban Contexts by the International Social Science Council.

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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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Has the ‘Big Society’ reached the frontline of statutory homelessness services?

David Cameron’s flagship ‘Big Society’ project has been subject to much debate since its inception a few years ago, both around what it actually is, and the nature of its true agenda. A few commentators believe the Big Society represents a qualitative shift in political ideology; others take the view that it is primarily a tool to justify austerity measures. Read more

IHURER seminar: Applying spatial econometrics to cross-sectional housing data

Our next IHURER seminar will take place Wednesday, 12th of June. Read more

An energy efficient property tax?

Can you imagine selling your home for a price that is dependent on how energy efficient it is? That is a possible future in store for Scotland under the new Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT), being discussed this Wednesday (5th June, 2013) at the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

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IHURER seminar: The aristocracy of our moneyed corporations

Our next IHURER seminar will take place Wednesday, 5th June when Prof. Mark Stephens will be presenting on something a little different. “The battle to protect New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde” will be a case study of policy interpretation and its wider social ramifications today. Read more

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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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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What’s missing in the public discussion on immigration?

Myths and misinformation in the media have fuelled considerable public anxiety about immigration. Dr Filip Sosenko, himself a migrant from Poland, identifies the critical issues that are being missed in the debate.

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A bad week for good news?

It has been said that this week in the middle of January is the ‘worst week of the year’, as evidenced by such measures as suicides. I am not sure if this is true, in any sense, or just an urban/public health myth. But, as someone with a birthday on 21 January, I have always been aware that it tends to be a rather flat time of year when people are keeping their heads down. And this year we have a possible triple-dip recession to look forward to. Read more

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