Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (December 2015) is a report produced following an Ipsos Mori survey of 1,500 housing benefit claimants, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. It finds that of those affected by the bedroom tax, 76% attempted to find the extra rent by cutting back on food, while 46% spent less on heating and lighting their homes. Over half were forced to cut back on essential items. Download the Full Report.
Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion (December 2015) is the latest annual monitoring report on UK poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute; it is one of very few nationwide reports that take account of legal aid/legal advice as a support to alleviate poverty. Download the Summary or the Full Report.
Advice Nottingham published their report, The True Cost of Austerity (December 2015), on the combined impact of cuts on local clients seeking advice, prefaced by the Guardian’s social policy editor, Patrick Butler.
'How do Landlords address Poverty?' is a report (November 2015) covering how landlords (social and private) are starting to address the poverty issue. Social landlords are beginning to re think their vision and mission whilst others are putting in places support services (which may shortly be coming under threat); Private landlords are only aiming for the middle / upper end of the market.
Citizens Advice Bristol publish their new employment report, Works for You – Investigating the Impact of Insecure Employment in Bristol (October 2015).
Bristol City Council has produced a draft version (November 2015) of its Bristol Employment and Skills Position Statement 2015-2020
BBC News Report (6 July 2015): Bristol families facing homelessness treble in one year
based on this original Bristol City Council Report
National Audit Office Report (29 May 2015) recommends that the government should learn lessons from its mistakes on welfare reform. The report concludes that the DWP must rethink the way it manages change and anticipates risk in order to improve.
Promising Approaches To Reducing Loneliness And Isolation In Later Life (26 January 2015) is a report produced jointly by Age UK and The Campaign to End Loneliness; it sets out a new framework for understanding how to tackle the problem, presenting a range of projects and examples from around the country demonstrating the many, varied solutions needed.
Early Intervention: a citywide approach in Nottingham shares the city's experience of delivering a new way of working and shows local government's capability for doing things differently to provide the most effective support to families with complex needs (October 2010).