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On 18th July 2014 the final report was launched from a year long research project conducted by the London School of Economics for the London Borough of Newham into the impact of debt and the experience of life on a low income.
The rising cost of living, stagnant wages and welfare reform have placed many households under increased financial strain. This report, commissioned by the London Borough of Newham and written independently by Professor Anne Power, offers a powerful insight into the lives of some of the hardest pressed people in our country. This research highlights the struggle of both working and non-working households and explores the relationship between financial planning and skills and attitudes to credit and debt. The report also provides a valuable insight into the real impact of welfare reforms and helps to inform Newham’s ongoing work to strengthen resilience.
panel discussion was held with Polly Toynbee (Guardian), Vidhya Alakeson
(Resolution Foundation), Professor Anne Power (LSE) and Sir Robin Wales (Mayor
of Newham). The discussion considered the drivers and solutions to increasing
levels of personal debt and what can be done locally, nationally and within the
community to build economic resilience. The London Borough of Newham also
outlined its plans to respond to the analysis in the report.
Watch an interview with a Newham resident who took part in
Watch an interview with a Newham resident who took part in the research.
News Posted: 18 July 2014 [Back to the Top]
Housing Plus Think Tank 6: Supporting tenants into work
Housing Plus is about social landlords adopting a wider role in communities where they are based. The bedroom tax, benefit caps and other welfare reforms are having a dramatic impact on the lives of social housing tenants.
This workshop will explore why the problem of work now dominates, why public
opinion has become hostile to supporting the unemployed, why social landlords
need their tenants to work, and how they can achieve this.
By bringing together social landlords from all over the country who are
trying out new ideas or are anxious to uncover more good ideas, we hope to
uncover some solutions. Read the
Think Tank summary and programme here
and fill out the
registration form here.
News Posted: 03 July 2014 [Back to the Top]
Date: Monday 9 June 2014
The governor of the Bank of England recently warned that the overheated
housing market represents the "biggest risk" to the country’s long-term
BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton asks this expert panel, including LSE’s Paul Cheshire and Rachel Fisher of the National Housing Federation, why this country has failed to build enough affordable homes and looks at what can be done to solve our housing crisis.
The recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 11 June at 20.02 BST.
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News Posted: 09 June 2014 [Back to the Top]
LSE Housing and Communities launch new report for HAILO
Welfare reforms will prompt many social housing tenants to make fundamental changes around their choice of jobs, housing, and how they manage their money day to day. LSE Housing and Communities has been asked by nine housing associations in the South West of England to understand these changes from a tenant’s point of view.
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