4 Feb 2015

The non-uprating of child benefits - impact on poverty gaps

Note:  This article gives the views of the author, and not the position of the Social Policy Research Unit, nor of the University of York.
Jonathan Bradshaw and Lindsay Judge write in an article for the North East Child Poverty Commission Blog:

This note attempts to illustrate the impact that uprating benefits in line with prices since 2010 would have had on the poverty gap of a low wage family in 2014/15.

3 Feb 2015

Prof Mike Stein on discussion panel in Parliament on young people's transition to independence

On 21st January Professor Mike Stein was part of a Panel for a discussion on:

'What can we do to help young people to develop good mental health and emotional well-being in the face of the emotional and psychological challenges they face in their transition to independence?’

hosted by the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

29 Jan 2015

Visit by Associate Professor Rune Halvorsen from Oslo and Akershus University College

Associate Professor Rune Halvorsen from the Department of Social Workand Social Policy and NOVA Norwegian Social Research at Oslo and Akershus University College will visit SPRU in the first two weeks of February 2015.
He is currently working together with Roy Sainsbury in a cross-national and comparative project on youth employment and with Roy Sainsbury andEdmund Coleman-Fountain in a EU FP7 project called DISCIT – Making Persons with Disabilities Full Citizens.

18 Dec 2014

SPRU contributes to excellent results for Social Policy and Social Work Department in the latest research quality assessment for the UK

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results were published on 18 December 2014 and we were deloighted to say that our research contributed to an excellent result for the Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) at the University of York.

Roy Sainsbury, SPRU Director, said:

8 Dec 2014

Building together a barrier free Europe for people with disabilities

On 2-3 December 2014 Roy Sainsbury spoke to a conference which brought together hundreds of persons with disabilities, their representative organisations, EU policy makers, service providers, academics, think tanks, trade unions and employers. It was the fourth annual conference organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum. EDF is an independent NGO run by persons with disabilities and their families that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. The conference was held in Brussels and entitled ‘Building together a barrier-free Europe’.