Research and policy on living standards

Research and policy around welfare issues is of broad concern to many working in the voluntary sector, perhaps increasingly so as the election approaches. The following may be of interest.

LankellyChase Foundation, with Heriot-Watt University, has released what they believe to be the most robust research to date on severe and multiple disadvantage in England. ‘Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage’ can be downloaded (pdf, 5.7MB) via http://www.lankellychase.org.uk/news_events/501_new_profile_of_severe_and_multiple_disadvantage_in_england or see New Start article at http://newstartmag.co.uk/your-blogs/hard-edges-evidence-margins-society/ A piece on ThinkNPC looks at how this involves ‘The human side of big data’ at http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/the-human-side-of-big-data/

Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest study of Minimum Income Standards has been quite widely covered in the media. ‘Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2012/13’ can be found on the JRF site at http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/households-below-minimum-income-standard-2015

New Economics Foundation asks ‘Labour’s Living Standards Index – a step in the right direction, but does it go far enough?’, http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/labours-living-standards-index-does-it-go-far-enough. NEF suggests that its ideal index would cover Living standards, Wellbeing, Environmental sustainability, Public services and Equality, and invites views to feed into the conversation.

Scotland sector body SCVO has a briefing on the Scottish Government Tackling inequalities debate, putting its own viewpoint, at http://www.scvo.org.uk/posts/scvo-briefing-scottish-government-tackling-inequalities-debate/. SCVO has also expressed its concern over the delay in new powers over disability benefits and support for unemployed people, for example, being devolved to Scotland – Third Force News
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/management/transfer-power-to-holyrood-now.

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