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LSE Festival 2018
Five LSE Giants' Perspectives on Poverty

Speaker(s): Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt
Chair: Professor Paul Gregg
Video, Audio recording and Slides available here

This event, held as part LSE Research Festival 2018: Beveridge 2.0, focused on Beveridge’s Giant of ‘want’. It addresses the thinking on poverty of five ‘Giants’ in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, who have been closely associated with LSE and who are themselves authors or co-authors of influential reports: Beatrice Webb, Brian Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend, Amartya Sen and Anthony Atkinson.

The event brought together current LSE academics known for their work on poverty and inequality. John Hills considers the ‘rediscovery of poverty’ marked by the publication of Brian Abel-Smith and Peter Townsend’s 1966 work on ‘The Poor and The Poorest and Tania Burchardt analysed the distinctive contribution of Amartya Sen to how we understand poverty across very different contexts. Lucinda Platt discussed Beatrice Webb’s ‘Minority Report on the Poor Laws’ of 1909 and Stephen Jenkins evaluated the significance of the Atkinson Commission’s 2015 Report on Monitoring Global Poverty to how we conceptualize and address poverty in a global context.


News Posted: 27 March 2018      [Back to the Top]

Postponement of the forthcoming CASE Welfare Policy Analysis Seminar
Wednesday 14th March, Monica Costa Dias Institute for Fiscal Studies

 
In the light of the UCU strike action, we have decided to postpone this event:

Wednesday 14th March, 12:45-14:00

The gender pay gap in the UK: children and experience in work

Monica Costa Dias
Institute for Fiscal Studies

Apologies for an inconvenience caused by the postponement of this event. We hope to reschedule it later in the year.

News Posted: 09 March 2018      [Back to the Top]

Lessons from Grenfell:
bringing together residents from multi-storey estates around the country

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, LSE Housing and Communities were grant funded to bring together residents from multi-storey estates around the country to share their views on living in blocks of flats, document their experiences and the lessons learnt. There are many positive reasons why high-rise blocks were built and many people make secure, welcoming homes in those communities.

But the Grenfell fire disaster changed everything. It highlighted the lack of careful on-site management of high rise blocks, the poor standard of repair and upgrading, the inadequate checks and misapplied fire safety measures, the lack of clear information and guidance to tenants, the conflicting advice, and the barriers to tenants getting their worries, fears and experiences heard or acted on. The disaster also highlighted the lack of control over private lettings from Right to Buy owners converting to profitable private renting.

By gathering residents’ experiences, developing plans for estate upgrading, and collecting messages for landlords, professional bodies and government, we have been able to make an input into policy development among professionals and in government. Everyone recognises that the way social housing is run has to change and that tenants’ concerns need airing and acting upon.

Summary of the key findings 10 Lessons from the Grenfell Fire Disaster, based on feedback from a wide range of organisations and residents across the country living in and managing multi-storey housing.

Firstly a workshop for the communities and tenants was held, below are links for documents from this event:

Briefing note for lessons from Grenfell Community Think Tank

Headlines from Lessons from Grenfell Community Think Tank 30-31st October 2017

Information Pack (work-in-progress) Lessons from Grenfell Community Think Tank

A second Think Tank for professionals, landlords, policy making and residents added weight to the early findings. In all, 100 people attended. Many follow-on actions are already happening: some tower blocks have had their gas supply turned off for safety reasons; some have been evacuated; some are being stripped of expensive cladding; and tenants’ heating bills are inevitably rising as a result of insulation removal.

Briefing Note for Lessons from Grenfell Policy Think Tank

Headlines from Lessons from Grenfell: Social housing at the forefront, Policy Think Tank 4-5th December 2017

Resource Pack (work-in-progress) Lessons from Grenfell Policy Think Tank


News Posted: 02 March 2018      [Back to the Top]

Child poverty and multidimensional disadvantage:
Tackling ''data exclusion'' and extending the evidence base on ''missing'' and ''invisible'' children

Launched today a summary of the overview report from this research programme is available here (pdf), the full report is now available: Child poverty and multidimensional disadvantage: Tackling “data exclusion” and extending the evidence base on “missing” and “invisible” children (pdf) by Polly Vizard, Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya, Isabel Shutes and Mario Battaglini.

An additional discussion paper focusing on Children from the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller ethnic minority group is also available: Experience of multiple disadvantage among Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales (pdf) by Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya, Polly Vizard and Mario Battaglini.


News Posted: 02 March 2018      [Back to the Top]