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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Finding a viable alternative to payday loans

Date: November 17 2014

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

 

For a large swathe of the Welsh population on low incomes, the economic recovery could be marred by an historic overhang of debt. Overall UK consumer debt trebled in value from 1993 to 2013 reaching £158 billion. This has left many in poverty facing high debt repayments and uncertainty as interest rates are set to start... Find out more

How to get a move on without running a marathon

Date: April 08 2014

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Hannah, a research assistant at the Young Foundation, is about to run her first London Marathon. For the past few weeks she’s been waking up at 7am on a Saturday to the prospect of a 20-mile practice run. Quite frankly, the details I’ve heard over lunch about her punishing training schedule are enough to make... Find out more

Fan Activism

Date: February 19 2014

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Recently, J.K. Rowling broke many of her young fans’ hearts when she revealed that she didn’t believe her characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to be ideally suited to one another. There were tears, and numerous outraged articles written telling the author to keep her revisionist opinions to herself – for these readers, the final book... Find out more

Talking to social entrepreneurs and commissioners about contracts

Date: December 18 2013

Posted by: Anna Davies

“Do social enterprises have the right expertise, or is it just a nice bunch of people who all wish us well?” Housing association commissioner “Commissioners can accept [social enterprises] and think they’re great but if they’re still incentivised on what is the cheapest option, how will the situation ever change?” Employment social enterprise These were... Find out more

Our low expectations compound disability

Date: December 16 2013

Posted by: Victoria Boelman

 

Spending time with people who have complex mental and physical health needs, I found that everyone I met had skills, aspirations and the desire to contribute to the communities in which they live.  If they can’t always achieve what they hope or contribute as they wish, then it is because society disables them, says Victoria Boelman.... Find out more