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New child poverty measures could allow government to shirk its responsibilities
British politics and policy at LSE blog

Abandoning the child poverty targets will damage the interests of disadvantaged children, and represents a significant step back in attempts to make Britain a fairer society, argue Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, John Hills and Polly Vizard.

Last week the Conservative Government announced that it would be abandoning the indicators and targets in the Child Poverty Act (passed with cross-party support in 2010), and replacing them with a set of broader measures of life chances. It will introduce a statutory duty to report on measures of worklessness and GCSE attainment, and it will develop a range of other indicators “to measure progress against the root causes of poverty” – which it identifies as family breakdown, problem debt, and drug and alcohol dependency. Income based poverty measures are not merely being downgraded within this new approach; they are being dropped entirely. Crucially, the relevant data will still be published (at least for now). It is vital that the data continue to be published – and on time – so that others can hold government accountable. But the Conservatives have made it clear that they no longer consider income poverty part of their concern. Continue reading here


News Posted: 06 July 2015      [Back to the Top]

Special Event
Book Launch - Changing London: The Rough Guide for the next London Mayor



Monday 6
th July 4.30-6pm, followed by an informal reception

32L 1.04 1st Floor Conference Room, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3PH

Chair: Professor Anne Power

Speakers: David Robinson, Changing London; Tony Travers, LSE London

Summary:

CASE are delighted to invite you to the launch of a new book Changing London, a rough guide for the next Mayor, which captures the radical but practical ideas of the people of London with a pioneering and collaborative approach to politics. Author David Robinson will present and discuss the main themes that came out of hundreds of suggestions from Londoners on how their city should look, plus experiences learnt from cities around the world. Tony Travers will respond to the proposals and speak about the coming mayoral election.  The book brings together these ideas under five big visions for London:

  • What would the city look like if we determined to make it the best place on earth to raise a child? Or if it was a friendly city, where neighbourhoods thrived and everybody mattered?
  • How could we build a fair city where lavish wealth  and  abject poverty and both have been much reduced? Or maybe a healthy city, that did no harm and tackled sickness at source?

  •  And, to lead it all, how should we revitalise and retool a  democracy which saw only 38% vote in the last mayoral election.
Ideas range from play streets to plotting sheds, London Sundays to a Have-a-Go Festival, a permanent Fair Pay Commission, a Children’s Trust Fund and a cultural guarantee for every child, citizens budgets, a Mayor’s Share in the biggest businesses and the April Vote – an annual London referendum.

 

Booking information:

The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to lsehousingandcommunities@lse.ac.uk. Places are limited so please reply as soon as possible. For more information contact Cheryl Conner at LSE (c.j.conner@lse.ac.uk). If you are not able to attend but would like more details of the book please let us know.

The book can be ordered direct from the publishers: the paperback is £9.99 including free P&P; and the ebook is £4.50.
News Posted: 06 July 2015      [Back to the Top]

New appointment
Tim Besley receives the inaugural Sir William Arthur Lewis Professorship in Development Economics

Professor Tim Besley is to become the inaugural Sir William Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The William Arthur Lewis Chair, created by LSE to mark the centenary of the Nobel Prize winner’s birth, was formally announced at LSE’s Sir Arthur Lewis Centenary Event on "Understanding Economic Development"  on Monday 22 June.

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Deputy Director and Provost of LSE, said: “LSE is proud today to be honouring two pioneering economists, one born 100 years ago this year, the other still providing expertise to policymakers today. William Arthur Lewis was a leader in the field of development economics and LSE is delighted to honour him with the creation of the named professorship. With his expertise in the same field, and long history with the School, Professor Timothy Besley is the perfect recipient of this inaugural professorship.”

Professor Tim Besley said: “I am delighted to be named as the first Sir William Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics. I shall do my best to carry forward his legacy at the school by engaging with the issues brought to the fore in his pioneering research on economic development.”

Professor Tim Besley has been at the LSE for 20 years and a School Professor of Economics and Political Science since 2012. An external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from September 2006 to August 2009, he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association, as well as a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Besley was also named 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association, which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe.

Sir Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979 for “pioneering research into economic development research with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries. A student at LSE from 1934-37 and a member of staff from 1938-48, making him the UK’s first black professor, he also served in the Civil Service during the war, first as a Principal in the Board of Trade and then in the Colonial Office. Read more about the Nobel Prize winner, “one of our best teachers”, at LSE History


News Posted: 23 June 2015      [Back to the Top]

May 2015
LSE Research Festival

The fifth edition of the LSE Research Festival, now under the auspices of the School's Institute of Public Affairs|, offers a series of exciting public engagement events. The event has grown into a multi-event celebration of social science research and it is a key feature of the LSE calendar.

To find out more about the festival and the programme of events go to www.lse.ac.uk/researchfestival.


News Posted: 21 May 2015      [Back to the Top]