Collaborators

Katherine Hill, Ruth Webber, and Donald Hirsch

Bringing up a Family: Making ends meet

This is a qualitative longitudinal project looking over time at the experiences of families with children living below the Minimum Income Standard. Three waves of data have been collected, starting with 30 families in 2015, with 14 interviewed between January and March 2020. A further round is planned via telephone in September 2020.

Jane Millar, Fran Bennett, Rita Griffiths and Marsha Wood

Couples balancing work, money and care: exploring the shifting landscape under Universal Credit

This three year, longitudinal, qualitative research study will investigate how these aspects of welfare reform are being responded to and affecting work-care patterns, intra-household financial management and distribution, and gender roles and relations among a sample of couples receiving Universal Credit. The first phase (June 2018 to January 2019) included 123 interviews with 90 participants in 53 households, in four areas in England and Scotland. The participants will be interviewed again in September 2020.

Michael Orton, Kate Summers, Rosa Morris

Commission on Social Security

The Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience, is an ongoing participatory project that aims to produce proposals for an alternative, improved, future of working-age social security. Led by Commissioners who have direct experience of social security receipt, and supported by a secretariat (Dr Michael Orton, Dr Kate Summers, and Dr Rosa Morris), the Commissioners’ have, over the last year and a half, combined their own expertise with those of grassroots organisations and individuals across London and the rest of the UK to envisage ways forward for the social security system. The Commission is exploring how it can work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ruth Patrick, Aaron Reeves, Kitty Stewart, Josie Tucker

How UK welfare reform affects larger families

A qualitative longitudinal study will be carried out with primary caregivers in 44 affected larger families in London and Bradford. Three waves of interviews will generate early evidence of behavioural changes and develop a dynamic picture over time, through which it will be possible to contrast families’ expectations of how they will cope with what actually occurs.

Kate Pickett

**Born in Bradford**

Born in Bradford is a large birth cohort study based at Bradford Royal Infirmary. This is a longitudinal survey that is currently launching a new wave of data collection with Born in Bradford (BiB). This new phase will involve imminent fortnightly longitudinal rapid surveys of parents and children, adding questions related to impact of COVID-19 to our online survey of BiB participants, starting a qualitative longitudinal study of around 100 families, which might include video journaling.

Lisa Scullion

Sanctions, Support & Service Leavers: Social security and transitions from military to civilian life

This is a qualitative longitudinal project representing the UK’s first research to focus specifically on veterans experiences of navigating the social security system. We are continuing the research for another three years. There are 52 veterans within the sample. Two waves of interviews have been completed to date and the next wave is due to begin imminently (April/May 2020).

Universal Credit in Salford

This is a qualitative longitudinal project being delivered as part of our Salford Anti-Poverty Taskforce. The Taskforce is a research and knowledge exchanged partnership with Salford City Council funded by HEIF. We are coming to the end of wave A (16 UC participants interviewed to date, 4 left to interview but on hold for now due to COVID-19). Wave B is due to start in around 6 months. We have also undertaken focus groups with stakeholders, with some stakeholder interviews also outstanding.

Welfare at a (Social) Distance

The project involves three elements. Firstly, a claimant survey of 4,000 recent UC claimants and 4,000 pre-existing UC/ESA/JSA claimants using YouGov’s online panel. Secondly, case studies of claimant support in four geographical areas: Leeds, Newham, Salford and Thanet, where a total of 48 interviews with key actors (e.g. local authority, third sector, Jobcentres) will be undertaken to establish whether support is ‘fit-for-purpose’. Finally, the project involves qualitative longitudinal research with 80 claimants, who will be interviewed twice. Starting in May, we will recruit participants via our case study sites but also with the support of a specialist recruitment organisation to ensure inclusion of more vulnerable claimants."

Anna Tarrant

**Following Young Fathers Further**

The project commenced in January 2020 and is funded for a four-year period is a participatory, qualitative longitudinal and comparative analysis of the lives of young fathers, including those experiencing family poverty and social disadvantage. Involving three strands, the study is tracking the parenting journeys of young fathers, as well as policy and practice change, both in the UK and Sweden. Our original intention was to start the first wave of fieldwork in May 2020. This study builds out of up to twenty years of longitudinal research engagement in low-income communities in Leeds.

Fiona McKay, Poverty Alliance

Edinburgh Poverty Commission: targeted research phase two

This work aims to “develop a deeper understanding of experience and attitudes towards poverty in Edinburgh, including interaction with place-based factors, service providers, and wider Edinburgh society”. Included in this work is an engagement with people with experience of poverty. This work was due to be completed by the end of March 2020, but we are currently in discussions with the funder to extend and revise the final stages of the work due to COVID-19.

Developing Guidance for involving people with direct lived experience of poverty in the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission

This work for the PIC is currently paused. We have been working with a group of people with direct experience to help develop guidance to help the PIC engage meaningfully with people living on low incomes. This work is less about the experience of poverty, and more about how best to engage with people, although it may contain useful insights for your work. It was due to be finished at the end of April, but is now paused.

Claire Cameron, UCL

COVID-19: Families, children aged 0-4 and pregnant women: vulnerabilities, resources and recovery in Tower Hamlets

In close partnership with the borough public health team, we will run and repeat a survey of 2000 couple and single parent families with children aged 0-4, including 200 pregnant women, a longitudinal qualitative panel with up to 60 household members, including fathers and wider kin, and examine changing family support services, and emergent community resources such as mutual aid and peer networks. We will include two groups defined as vulnerable; pregnant women and shielded children. The survey will also be run in London Borough of Newham. Survey tools chosen are those being run by the Born in Bradford cohort study and by the International Parental Leave Network offering robust comparisons, with additional questions about community, neighbourly relations and mutual support.

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