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Plans to axe child poverty measures contradict the
vast majority of expert advice the government received

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, proposes to remove all income and material deprivation measures from the Child Poverty Act. By doing so, the government is acting against the advice of 99% of respondents to its own consultation on the matter, find Nick Roberts and Kitty Stewart in a new blog for LSE British Politics and Policy. Continue reading here


News Posted: 18 November 2015      [Back to the Top]

Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access
to Sport for Young People

Monday 7th December 2015

 

LSE Housing and Communities recently launched a new report: Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People. Earlier in the year we carried out area-based qualitative research for StreetGames, the leading charity working to break down the barriers created by poverty and area disadvantage that prevent young people participating in sport.

 

Professor David Piachaud Chaired this important event where Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive of StreetGames explained why this research is so important. Professor Anne Power presented the main findings and recommendations and Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham and Baroness Tessa Jowell also offered their perspectives on the importance of sport for London's young people.


Download the report:

Full Report (pdf) | Executive Summary (pdf) | Literature Review (pdf)

 

Audio recording of the launch event

Moving The Goalposts Report

StreetGames asked us to help them better understand why high poverty areas suffer such major disadvantages and throw up so many barriers in the field of 'active learning' and whether informal sport and physical activity could actually help.
 
We visited five deprived areas in England and Wales and spoke to about 135 young people between the ages of 14-25, local parents and key actors in order to uncover what young people do, what they think of their area, why they play sport or don’t, and what the barriers to involvement are. We know that sport and physical activity help young people develop confidence and motivation, social and team skills, and also motivates them to strive and succeed.
 
The health impacts of lack of exercise are already serious and projected to become more so in the future. This relevant and timely report offers a unique insight into the lives of young people in deprived areas, the barriers they face to participation, ways in which communities and charities can support the work already done in poor areas, and new ways of opening access to sport for young people.
 

Further information: For more information contact Nicola Serle at LSE (n.serle@lse.ac.uk) Tel: 020 7955 6684.


News Posted: 16 November 2015      [Back to the Top]

Research Officer vacancy at CASE
to carry out research into early years education in England

We are appointing a Research Officer on an 18 month fixed term contract, to carry out research into the patterns and drivers of social segregation within early years education in England. The project continues a strand of work in CASE on early childhood policy and disadvantage. We are excited to have raised funding for this project which we think is the first attempt to examine segregation in relation to early years settings in the UK.

We are looking for a researcher who has experience of using large scale datasets, is enthusiastic about learning new analytical techniques, has research interests in early education policy, and has a high level of proficiency in STATA. Experience of using the National Pupil Database and/or of using geographical mapping software would be an additional advantage.

You must also have a completed PhD in a relevant discipline and will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Further information and how to apply.


News Posted: 13 November 2015      [Back to the Top]

Special Event
Conversation with Haruno Yoshida on Gender, Business and Entrepreneurship in Japan

We are happy to announce a special event with Haruno Yoshida, President and Representative Director at BT Japan Corporation. She will give a short presentation on issues of gender, business and entrepreneurship in Japan, and will then respond to questions and issues raised by participants.

Haruno Yoshida is one of a very small number of top female executives of large corporations in Japan, and was recently appointed as the first female Vice Chairman of the Board of Councillors of Keidanren, the Japanese employers’ association. She has had a long career in the global communications industry and is a frequent presenter on issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We are extremely fortunate that Haruno Yoshida is able to spend time with us at LSE, and hope that you will be able to join us in discussion. The event will be of interest to all concerned with issues of gender in the workplace, in Japan and beyond.

Since places are limited, if you are interested in attending please email j.e.hunter@lse.ac.uk as soon as possible.

More information about the event can be found on our website


News Posted: 11 November 2015      [Back to the Top]