Tackling multiple disadvantage requires prioritising reason and evidence over the lure of exciting new approaches and the inertia of established ways of working, argues Beth Watts.
The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.
As the Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explains the significance of the new legislation and how it builds on previous policy developments elsewhere in the UK.
Beth Watts argues that the growing focus on innovative responses to homelessness must be balanced with a commitment to approaches we already know work.
Mark Stephens argues that Scotland’s new system of housing transaction tax should be allowed to bed down, but that as the Parliament’s Finance Committee considers “A Scottish Approach to Taxation” it should consider property taxation in the round.
Drawing on new research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Professor Glen Bramley considers what policies would substantially reduce poverty in the UK.
Earlier this year, I took part in an event focusing on how lasting change for people and places in poverty can be achieved. Here is my answer – By Beth Watts.
The Income Modelling Project was carried out by Heriot Watt University with the aim of developing improved measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland at small area level. Professor Glen Bramley and David Watkins have now published a report on their findings.
This morning the Guardian published the first headline results from the Poverty and Social Exclusion project. Our data shows that 33% of British households lacked at least three basic living necessities in 2012, compared with 14% in 1983.
Myths and misinformation in the media have fuelled considerable public anxiety about immigration. Dr Filip Sosenko, himself a migrant from Poland, identifies the critical issues that are being missed in the debate.