Curated links to evidence and briefings offering the best rapid insights into the COVID-19 related issues facing communities today.
Policy Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s Research Support Office hosted Scotland’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Areas of Research Interest Workshop in Edinburgh in October 2019.
Disability and social insecurity: Exploring the impact of benefit changes on the lives of disabled people
Changes to social security have – in the vast majority of cases – reduced the financial security of disabled people, leaving many in poverty and isolation. New research examines the lived experience of these changes for disabled people in the UK.
Poverty Trends in Scotland 1995-2018 and Policy Change: new work with the Poverty and Inequality Commission from Policy Scotland and SPICe
Policy Scotland has worked with staff members in the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre to create a set of briefing materials that detail poverty trends in Scotland since 1995 paired with key policy changes from the UK and Scottish Governments.
Policy Scotland has created a easy-to-access collection of its research and resources focused on tackling child poverty including reports on the Child Poverty Strategy and local contributions to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland, and analysis of models of scenarios and policies to reduce child poverty.
This research report was produced for the Poverty and Inequality Commission and identifies the policies and scenarios which appear to offer the biggest gains in reducing child poverty in Scotland.
Summary and presentations from a Policy Scotland seminar on how academics and partners can influence the developing social security agenda in Scotland and research collaborations can be developed to improve the evidence base for the social security system.
This guest blog from John H. McKendrick welcomes the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s advice on reducing child poverty and reflects on parts that are specifically relevant to single parent families.
Stephen Sinclair argues that to meet its own ambitious child poverty goals, the Scottish Government must focus public services where they are most needed, and ensure employers play their part.
Evan Williams argues that the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and housing provision.