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‘Changing the game’ for people with multiple needs: the role of evidence and reason

Tackling multiple disadvantage requires prioritising reason and evidence over the lure of exciting new approaches and the inertia of established ways of working, argues Beth Watts.

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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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Hard Edges cut through eternal standoff on social policy

New research mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England shines a new and striking light on centuries old debate about whether poor people owe their circumstances to structural economic factors or to moral/behavioural failings.

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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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“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

Overhaul the planning system to boost building of better homes


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

Homelessness, Rights and Discretion in Scotland and Ireland

It has long been recognised that due to their substantial discretion, public sector workers play an important role in making welfare policies, not just passively implementing policies designed by governments. Drawing on her recent study which compares Scotland’s rights-based and Ireland’s social partnership approach to homelessness, Beth Watts looks again at enduring debates about the best balance between rules and discretion in the design and delivery of welfare services.

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Anti-poverty strategies and equality policies – distant cousins?

Gina's research has revealed significantly higher poverty rates for Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Blacks (including Black Africans, Black Caribbeans and Black Other) than other ethnic groups in both Scotland and England (Netto et al, 2011). In this post, she makes recommendations for anti-poverty strategies in the light of these findings.

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Charity Shops: Does every little really help?

Continuing on from her first piece ‘Charity Shops: Curse or Crux of the High Street?’, Dr. Nicola Livingstone reflects on the retail character of these shops in the twenty-first century. Are charity shops and their drive towards profit maximisation proving effective in achieving increased income for their relative causes, or are they caught-up in the quagmire of competition, constantly changing to remain relevant?

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Going wild in the botanics

Dr. Jenny Roe recently made the news in Scotland, Australia and the US by demonstrating the restorative effects of parks on the brain using EEG monitors. She has now been awarded a Beltane Fellowship to explore how the positive effects of Botanic Gardens can be extended to a greater diversity of people.

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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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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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