Earning differences between graduates from lower and higher socio-economic backgrounds are as high as 10 per cent according to research (Britton et al., 2016; Crawford and Erve, 2015). Reasons for this disparity are multifaceted and complex; including an inability to engage with extracurricular and developmental activities, lack of confidence when career planning, and discrimination from … Continue reading Social Mobility and How Access to the Professions can be Improved: is employer outreach part of the solution?
In 1966, Ken Loach's seminal film Cathy Come Home brought the problem of homelessness to the public consciousness, dislodging stereotyped assumptions about homeless people. In 2016 he did the same for benefit claimants, another vilified group, with his film I Daniel Blake. In 2012 the Coalition Government introduced the harshest regime of benefit sanctions … Continue reading Welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions: a system ‘of conscious cruelty’?
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By Chris Dayson, Principal Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University Social prescribing is a current UK policy phenomenon. If your local area hasn't 'got it' already you can bet someone will be doing their level best to get it up and running sooner rather than later. But what is it and what does mean for … Continue reading Social Prescribing: shiny new policy thing or something more important?
It’s Thursday, 26 October. It is the morning after the night before. Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that the Government’s proposal to apply the Local Housing Allowance Cap to care and supported housing tenants was to be dropped. This reckless measure, first announced by George Osborne in November 2015, has threatened to wipe out new supported housing schemes across the country, and many services were threatened with closure. The announcement was greeted in our office with SYHA people clapping, hugging, dancing and even crying. The collective, audible sigh of relief at our Board meeting later in the afternoon could have been heard in Downing Street.
We know that 'looked after children' face a higher level of disadvantage for example they are more likely to become homeless and have subsequent contact with the criminal justice system, but what is the fate of their parents? It seems logical that in addressing the number of children entering and re-entering care we need to look firstly to the parents from whom children are removed.
We are delighted to introduce the SIPS Summer Newsletter 2017 jam packed full of news of what we have been up to for the past few months.
Social care unintentionally became a key election issue for the Conservatives through the inclusion in their manifesto of what MP Nigel Evans referred to as 'a full frontal assault on our core voters - the elderly'. The party had previously committed themselves to a new green paper, but care minister David Mowat has lost his Warrington South seat, and his role has not yet been filled in the cabinet reshuffle. The future of social care under a minority Conservative government is uncertain.
Energy policy is not a key General Election battleground. There were some flickers of it early on in the campaign, but since then it has barely been mentioned in the final phase of election campaigning as the major parties double down on the repetition of their key campaign phrases.
The phrase “human rights” is almost entirely absent from the Conservative manifesto. The party prefers instead to use the term "British values". The decision to avoid the language of rights is perhaps unsurprising given that, according to a 2014 YouGov poll, “only half of Conservatives and four in ten UKIP voters believe human rights exist”.