Social Market Foundation briefing on devolution and poverty

Social Market Foundation SMF

The Social Market Foundation published a briefing on devolution and poverty in June 2016.

According to the briefing greater devolution in England has been largely framed around growth, with much less debate about the impact on poverty. The briefing summarises the key questions and considerations facing policymakers and draws out key themes, such as the rationale for localisation, the barriers to tackling poverty and implications for when and how to devolve.

The SMF has also written a blog on the report for the Barrow Cadbury Trust website.

Trust for London and RSA Inequality Debate

Trust For London

In April 2016, Trust for London in partnership with the RSA, assembled an expert panel to debate the issue of inequality in London.

The panel included Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford and Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs. The debate was chaired by Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer.

Background information about the event is available on the RSA website.

Trust for London: London’s Poverty Profile 2015

Trust For London

London’s Poverty Profile 2015 was published in October 2015.

The fifth report in the series, London’s Poverty Profile 2015 looks at how London has recovered from the recession in terms of unemployment, out-of-work benefit claims and the quality of work available; how poverty and inequality have changed at a time when average incomes have been flat; how London’s housing boom is affecting affordability, tenure patterns and housing benefit claims; and how local authorities have been managing their homelessness duty with reduced funds and restrictions due to welfare reform.

One of the key findings of the report is that 27% of Londoners live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, compared with 20% in the rest of England. The majority of people living in poverty in London are in a working family – from 700,000 to 1.2m people in the last decade, an increase of 70%.

The report uses the most recent government data to consider London’s progress on key indicators since the last report in 2013 and over the last decade.

London’s Poverty Profile is commissioned by the independent charitable foundation Trust for London and produced by independent thinktank, New Policy Institute.

Report on ’30 Years of Equalities Practice in Birmingham’


From Benign Neglect to Citizen Khan. 30 Years of Equalities Practice in Birmingham was published by brap in June 2015.

A number of cities – from Plymouth to Sheffield to York – have held fairness commissions in recent years to understand why entrenched inequalities persist. As useful and, in some cases, penetrating as these commissions have been they have tended to ignore the nuts and bolts of how public agencies ‘do’ equality – how they go about tackling discrimination, eradicating social patterns of disadvantage, and fulfilling their legislative equalities duties. This is a serious gap. Understanding why these approaches have failed may go some way to explain why serious inequalities continue.

This report tries to fill that gap by:

  • exploring how one city – Birmingham – has approached equalities issues over the last 30 years
  • trying to sketch the impact of these approaches
  • suggesting how we can do things differently in the future

In an accompanying blog on the Barrow Cadbury Trust website, Joy Warmington, CEO of brap, writes about 30 years of equalities practice in Birmingham and the need for clarity, a shared vision and getting on the front foot.