22 Sep 2014

Water poverty in England and Wales: an update

Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main write:
We published an article on this subject based on an analysis of 2009/10 data from the Family Resources Survey[1].

This note updates that analysis but does not reproduce all the policy discussion in the article because these arguments really have not changed.

Water charges have continued to rise - faster than general inflation (CPI and RPI) and faster than average net equivalent disposable incomes. See Figure 1.

12 Aug 2014

What outcomes do people with long-term neurological conditions want and how can these be assessed in practice?

Plenary presentation by Fiona Aspinal at the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists: Long Term Conditions (LTC) Forum National Conference, London, 26 September 2014.

26 Jul 2014

SPRU research placement for medical student

This piece was written by Ting-a Yang who joined us in SPRU for six weeks at the beginning of the summer to help on the some exploratory work for a new research idea. We all enjoyed having Ting-ya working with us and these are her reflections on her time at SPRU:

"I’m a medical student from Newcastle University and I chose to do my second year summer research placement here at SPRU in York. My project was 6 weeks, on the topic of music therapy and dementia care. I express my most sincere gratitude to Gillian Parker and Jenni Brooks for allowing me to be part of the project, as it turned out to be an incredible experience.

25 Jul 2014

New Claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - a process evaluation

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit, replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people nationally from June 2013. We undertook research into each stage of the PIP claiming process for the Department for Work and Pensions, including requests for reconsideration and the special processes for people with terminal health conditions.

24 Jul 2014

New report on the household finances of Carer's Allowance recipients

Carer's Allowance (CA) is an income replacement benefit paid to people who have foregone the opportunity to engage in full-time work because they provide support for a severely disabled person. It is to be reviewed in the context of how Universal Credit operates. Before this process it was important to understand how CA is currently used by recipients, and what it means to them. We interviewed 44 recipients of CA in order to answer these questions:

23 Jul 2014

Keeping Children Safe: Allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care

For most looked after children and young people, foster and residential care provides a safe environment. This study has focused on the minority of children who do not always receive safe care and who, in some instances, experience abuse or neglect at the hands of those responsible for ensuring their wellbeing.

Despite long-standing concerns about historic abuse in children's homes and about the implications of allegations for foster carers and their families, very little is known about the extent of these allegations.

16 Jul 2014

Farewell to Professor Dan Meyer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prof. Dan Meyer with SPRU Director
Prof. Roy Sainsbury
After and long and happy sabbatical visit Professor Dan Meyer from the School of Social Work and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison left SPRU this July to return home. Whilst he was with us Dan was an integral part of SPRU and took part in all our activities both work related and social. He selected SPRU as the place of his sabbatical because of its reputation for outstanding policy research and the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Welfare and Employment Research Group at SPRU and faculty in the Social Policy and Social Work department.
His main areas of interest are: