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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 ( 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]

Housing Plus Academy
New housing academy for social landlords, backed by leading social housing providers, to be launched

The National Communities Resource Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will launch the new Housing Plus Academy on Monday 9 November at Trafford Hall. The Academy will help housing associations remain viable social businesses by supporting the communities where they work in a period of austerity. It will be hands-on and action-oriented locally while driving home policy messages among decision-makers. The Academy will develop knowledge exchange and offer peer learning, accredited participative training and think tanks to explore areas needing action and support to social landlords, particularly helping their front line staff and tenants to respond to welfare reform, financial pressures, energy costs, job access, community and social needs.


Twelve leading housing associations have become partners and sponsors of the Housing Plus Academy alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation who are supporting efforts to include small, community based organisations and vulnerable minorities. It is also backed by the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, along with a number of small housing associations. With sponsorship and minimal charges for each event, the Housing Plus Academy will be self-sustaining.


Professor Power commented: “Housing Plus seems to have real purchase because housing associations are driven by the urgent need to retain their business viability while at the same time depending on tenants coping and paying their way. They have a strong ethical purpose, and are the most significant organisations within low income communities, alongside schools.”


“Local authorities are also involved but their role and responsibilities are significantly different because of their much wider political remit. However many have a direct involvement in the key Housing Plus themes, particularly through their role as social landlords or through transfer associations. All social landlords favour the think tank model as the basis for the Housing Plus Academy.”


Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "In a tough environment, the Housing Plus Academy can help housing professionals and organisations maintain their support for residents and communities."


David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation said: “Trafford Hall and LSE have a national reputation that spans many years and today housing has more challenges than ever. Initiatives like the Housing Plus Academy will help the sector to rise to these challenges and prosper in the future, helping all of us to do more with fewer resources.”





For further information, please contact Nicola Serle,

or phone 0207 955 6684 or Sally Wyatt, Chief Executive Trafford Hall, or phone 01244 300246.

News Posted: 09 November 2015      [Back to the Top]