Poverty and Austerity: patterns and responses in London

This meeting updated funders on two major programmes of research and gave an opportunity to discuss it's implications. A full report is now available.

21 January
Poverty and Austerity: patterns and responses in London

A full meeting report is now available. 

This was an opportunity to hear about and discuss two programmes of research on poverty and social issues and consider the implications for London and for your work.

Social Policy in a Cold Climate is a major programme of research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and Trust for London and carried out by a team based mainly at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE. It is designed to document the combined impact of economic and political changes on poverty, inequality and income distribution in the UK between 2007 and 2014. It covers a wide range of policy areas including health, education, early years and social security, as well as having a specific London focus.

London's Poverty Profile is an independent source of data analysis, which monitors changes to indicators of poverty and inequality in the capital. Launched in 2009, it is commissioned by Trust for London from New Policy institute.

You can see the outline of the meeting and an outline of the presentations below. A full report is available here

Social Policy in a Cold Climate – overview and changes
Prof Ruth Lupton, University of Manchester, provided an overview of the research programme and detailed changes over the 2000s from Labour’s Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997-2010 (July 2013).
Ruth's presentation slides can be seen here

London's Poverty Profile 2013
This was followed by a presentation by Tom MacInnes and Hannah Aldridge, New Policy Institute, on London's Poverty Profile. This presentation outlined some of the findings from the latest report, published in Autumn 2013.
The presentation slides can be seen here

Social Policy in a Cold Climate London: interim report
The final speaker of the day was Amanda Fitzgerald, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE, who gave a detailed outline of the research “Hard Times, New Directions: The Local Government Cuts in London” (the interim report from the  Social Policy in a Cold Climate research), launched in December. This included an analysis of local authority spending and also three case study boroughs.
Amanda's presentation slides can be seen here