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:

15 Jul 2014

National award for SPRU Research Director - Prof. Caroline Glendinning

Professor Caroline Glendinning receiving her award from
acting Social Policy Association President Professor
Adrian Sinfield from the University of Edinburgh
Caroline Glendinning, an Emeritus Professor in the University’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) received a Special Recognition Award from the UK Social Policy Association last night. The Social Policy Association (SPA) is the professional association for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners of social policy.

She was honoured for her contribution to social policy research and the sustained impact her work has had on the Government, local authorities and the public.

11 Jul 2014

Visit of Kelley Johnson, Director of the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

Prof Kelley Johnson with SPRU Director
Prof. Roy Sainsbury during Kelley's visit to 
SPRU 11th July 2014
We were delighted to welcome Kelley Johnson, to SPRU in July for a fact-finding and 'getting to know you' visit between the two research centres. In a packed itinerary Kelley had discussions with people from all of the research areas in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and we learnt a lot about SPRC in Australia. Like our own Director, Professor Johnson has recently taken over the running of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Prior to this appointment she was Professor of Disability, Policy and Practice and Head of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol.
Kelley is an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of disability, institutional closure, social inclusion, rights and gender. Her research interests are closely aligned with those of SPRU and we had interesting and valuable conversations with her about them. She has researched and authored extensively in the field of disability with particular focus on people with intellectual disabilities. Her research is applied and aims to better understand the barriers that people with disabilities encounter in living good lives and to ensure that their voice is heard in policies and practice relating to issues central to their wellbeing.