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New blog post by Bert Provan
Stop doing things to residents of poor neighbourhoods without asking what they need

These days, few organisations can escape the clamour to assess the ‘Social Return on Investment’, or SROI, of proposed new projects. But how often are local people actually asked what they need from local investment, and how realistic are the aims of delivery? Read more in Political Quarterly here

News Posted: 05 November 2018      [Back to the Top]

CASE special event
From Input to Influence: how can the participation of people in poverty shape research and public policy?

A joint event with ATD Fourth World and Goethe University was held on Friday 16th November 2018.

Tom Croft (Member of ATD Fourth World's International Volunteer Corps) &Moraene Roberts (activist, ATD Fourth World)
Dr. Rikki Dean (Fellow in Democratic Innovations, Institute for Political Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Introduction: Dr. Tania Burchardt (Director of CASE, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Chair: Fran Bennett (Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Oxford, and a co-author of From Input to Influence: Participatory Approaches to Research and Inquiry into Poverty with Moraene Roberts)

This seminar explored the relationship between participatory research and participation in policymaking, using the approach of ATD Fourth World as an example. Dr. Tania Burchardt opened the event with her thoughts on participatory research (click here to read Tania's opening remarks). This was follwed by Tom Croft and Moraene Roberts who described ATD’s evolution, highlighting the ways in which people with experience of poverty can participate in research and influence policy. Dr Rikki Dean then spoke about his theoretical typology of approaches to participation as well as his empirical research with those involved in participatory policy-making to examine the many purposes and values associated with participation (Click here to see Rikki's slides).

Click here to listen to podcast of the event

News Posted: 24 October 2018      [Back to the Top]

Special event held as part of the Social Exclusion seminar series
What difference does devolution make for social policies and distributional outcomes?

Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes in a Changing Britain programme series

Wednesday 4th July 2018 Listen to the audio recording of the full event here

Country level devolution: Scotland

Mark Stephens Professor of Public Policy and Director, The Urban Institute, Heriot-Watt University
Suzanne Fitzpatrick Professor of Housing and Social Policy and Director, I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University Presentation slides here
Devolution is an increasingly important element of the landscape for social policy making in Britain and is resulting in increased divergence in social policies with potential implications for social inequalities within and across the four countries of the UK. This seminar brought together and examined recent research findings on both country-level devolution and city/region devolution and discussed the implications of the new and emerging devolved powers for social policies and distributional outcomes. Professor Mark Stephens and Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick draw on lessons from Scotland, where powers have been extended the furthest, with a particular focus on social security, tax, housing and homelessness.

City/region level devolution: Greater Manchester

Professor Ruth Lupton Head of Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit at the University of Manchester Presentation slides here
Ruth Lupton discussed emerging evidence from Greater Manchester in policy areas such as health and social care, employment and policing, in order to establish the nature and scope of devolution in these areas and the relationship of devolution to social policy change and addressing inequalities.

The findings are the first outputs from the new CASE research programme, Social Policies and Distributional outcomes in a Changing Britain (SPDO), which is funded by Nuffield Foundation and examines the relationship between social policy making and inequalities in 21st century Britain.


News Posted: 04 July 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]

Postponement of Social Exclusion seminar planned for
Wednesday 28th February

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

Wednesday 28th February, 16:30-18:00

The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform on Places and People

Professor Christina Beatty

Apologies for an inconvenience caused by the postponement of this event. We hope to reschedule the seminar later this year.
News Posted: 23 February 2018      [Back to the Top]

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