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Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration 2017-2018

This research is looking at how transport acts as a barrier to work in low income neighbourhoods, particularly in more peripheral locations. It will use a mixture of mapping and resident interviews to examine employment options and propensity to commute. The findings will be used to develop policy and practice recommendations for overcoming transport-related barriers to work.


An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The Church Urban Fund's Cash Smart Credit Savvy project seeks to improve financial capability by offering introductory training around basic budgeting skills and through utilizing existing community links and networks to encourage participation. The use of a cascading model is designed to encourage participants to share knowledge with others and spread important financial capability messages.


Industrial Strategy and the Regions

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project builds on prior work by CRESR into the government’s industrial strategy. CRESR has been commissioned to build on this work and develop proposals for the Labour Party. The research is covering three main areas: the instruments or industrial strategy and regional policy; the institutions required to deliver the policy; and a series of datasets on sub-national indicators.


Lewisham Borough Trailblazer: Exploring the Causes of Homelessness in Lewisham

Project Director: Dr Sadie Parr
Project Duration: 2017-2018

As part of the Trailblazer objective to reduce homelessness in Lewisham, and to better understand and meet the needs of homeless people, Lewisham Council commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to carry out qualitative research exploring the causes of homelessness. This comprised two linked aims. To establish: the causes of homelessness from the homeless person’s perspective; the journeys of homeless people in terms of the services they have used to get help and support.


Apprenticeship Levy and Youth Employment: an opportunity for social investment

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2017-2018

The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in England in April 2017. It is intended to provide a substantial boost to skills development and to partly address the productivity gap. The government has also announced additional incentives (through Employers NI reductions) to encourage businesses to recruit groups who traditionally struggle to enter sustainable employment.


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