Research

Welfare Reform Survey 2015

This survey conducted by the National Federation of ALMOs and the Association of Retained Council Housing reveals 89% of Universal Credit Claimants in rent arrears. Download the executive summary.

Understanding the Legal Problems of Renters

The Legal Education Foundation has published a new research report (June 2015) on the particular kind of legal problems that people renting their home face (unlike people who own theirs). Interesting report, some useful insights which could help make the case for funding such services.

Download the full report and/or a summary.

Key Findings include:

  • The latest figures show that over a third of all households in England and Wales were rented, which makes the ability of renters to resolve housing-related legal problems a major issue for society.
  • Few renters realised that their housing difficulty was a legal problem, nearly half (47 per cent) put it down to bad luck.
  • The renters most likely to experience housing-related legal problems are the young, single parents, and unmarried couples with children.
  • Legal problems with rented housing take a long time to resolve: half lasted more than a year; a quarter were still unresolved after two years.
  • Renters are more likely than those living in other types of accommodation to have higher levels of non-housing-related legal problems – such as with domestic violence, divorce, welfare benefits and personal injury.
  • Those renting privately (rather than in the public sector) were the most likely to have non-housing-related legal problems; the least likely were those who owned their homes outright.

These findings are drawn from a larger study funded by the Foundation entitled ‘How People Understand and Interact with the Law’ - this reports on the findings of a national survey that explored public understanding of the law across a range of civil law problems. 

Big Advice Survey Results

The Big Advice Survey was created by Patrick Torsney quickly becoming a collaborative effort shared various Advice Services Transition Fund (ASTF) projects (including Bristol); the survey was conducted across the UK between 1st December 2014 and 31st March 2015. It set out to

  • ask people to tell us the kind of problems they were experiencing in their lives
  • gain a better understanding of where advice fits in to assisting with those problems
  • provide data for further analysis by the advice sector and others

The Executive Summary of the Big Advice Survey quantitative data is now available and can be downloaded here.

Small Charity Index Results

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has just published this quarter’s Small Charity Index results, revealing the latest trends in the sector over the past three months:

  • 50% small charities reported no significant increase in voluntary income
  • 20% reported an increase in earned income
  • 58% reported an increase in demand for services
  • 72% stated they are working partnership with other small charities
  • Workload remained the greatest challenge facing by small charities, followed by funding and demand for services
  • 44% of small charities holding reserves reported using them in past three months

To have a read of the full quarterly reports, head over to their website.

South Gloucestershire Labour Market Review

The June 2015 edition is available here

Key findings include:

  • 1,532 residents are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (0.9% of the working age population). This is a 5.3% decrease on last month’s figure and a 31.2% decrease on the number recorded at the same time last year
  • The overall JSA rate for South Gloucestershire remains lower than the national and sub-regional rates
  • Only Kings Chase (with a rate of 2.0%) and Staple Hill (with a rate of 1.9%) have total claimant count rates above the national average (1.7%)

The South Gloucestershire Economic Bulletin

Published quarterly and covers a range of data related to the local economy; it is available here

Key findings include:

  • 79.8% of the working age population are in employment, higher than the national rate of 72.3%
  • The official unemployment rate is 4.7%, considerably lower than the national rate of 6.5%
  • In February 2014, 129 new small businesses started up in the district

Interactive Data Profile

An Interactive Data Profile is also available showing how the JSA rate varies between wards in South Gloucestershire and has changed over time.

 

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