National climate change adaptation strategies of European states from a spatial planning and development perspective – European Planning Studies (eu)

ABSTRACT

The aim of this article is to give an overview and systematic characterization of different national approaches to developing strategies of climate change adaptation from a spatial planning or regional development perspective, respectively. Based on this analysis, recommendations are made for the implementation of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union. The central research . . . → Read More: National climate change adaptation strategies of European states from a spatial planning and development perspective – European Planning Studies (eu)

Understanding society: design overview – Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (UK)

This article builds on the success of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). This paper describes some of the key elements of the design and conduct of the study and suggests how Understanding Society is distinctive as a longitudinal survey. Its large sample size offers new opportunities to study sub-groups that may be too small . . . → Read More: Understanding society: design overview – Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (UK)

European Integration at the Crossroads: Democratic deepening for stability, solidarity and social justice – EuroMemo Group (EU)

SUMMARY – Extract

The euro area crisis threatens the future of European integration, but instead of challenging the power of the financial institutions which are driving the crisis, the European authorities have imposed austerity programmes on Greece and other peripheral euro area countries, and developed centralised policies for imposing highly restrictive fiscal discipline on all . . . → Read More: European Integration at the Crossroads: Democratic deepening for stability, solidarity and social justice – EuroMemo Group (EU)

Living on a low income in later life – Age UK

Despite a welcome reduction in the number of people in later life living in poverty, it remains an issue for a significant minority of older people. Age UK commissioned this qualitative research conducted by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University to explore and understand the experiences of people aged 65 and . . . → Read More: Living on a low income in later life – Age UK

Life satisfaction among children in different family structures: Comparative study of western societies – Children and Society

ABSTRACT

This paper examines differences in life satisfaction among children in different family structures in 36 western, industrialised countries. Children living with both biological parents reported higher levels of life satisfaction than children living with a single parent or parent–step-parent. Children in joint physical custody reported significantly higher levels of life satisfaction than their counterparts . . . → Read More: Life satisfaction among children in different family structures: Comparative study of western societies – Children and Society

Assessment of equity release pilot schemes – JRF (UK)

This report assesses three pilot equity release schemes for older home-owners receiving Pension Credit. Three local authorities ‘signposted’ an equity release product, the Home Cash Plan, which was specially designed to provide small amounts without any adverse impact on benefits. The pilots ran from January 2010 to June 2011 and the Home Cash Plan is . . . → Read More: Assessment of equity release pilot schemes – JRF (UK)

Serving deprived communities in a recession – JRF (UK)

What are the early impacts of English local authority budget cuts since 2010?

The first systematic review of the real impact of public spending cuts on local authorities is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today (26 January). It finds that the most deprived local authorities have been hardest hit by the cuts. It also . . . → Read More: Serving deprived communities in a recession – JRF (UK)

How to cut taxes for people on low incomes? – JRF (UK)

Nick Clegg repeated his calls for raising the income tax allowance today. Handily enough, we were discussing this at JRF just the other day. So here are two quick points.

First, in 2010, we funded a Demos report, called How to Cut Taxes for Low Income People. This may be of interest, Particularly . . . → Read More: How to cut taxes for people on low incomes? – JRF (UK)

Amartya Sen: snakes and ladders

Extract

Like many board games that were developed in India, of which chess is perhaps the most important and famous, the game of “snakes and ladders” too emerged in this country a long time ago. With its balancing of snakes that pull you down and ladders that take you up, this game has been used . . . → Read More: Amartya Sen: snakes and ladders

Microfinance and the household economy – Good Shepherd

Financial inclusion, social and economic participation and material wellbeing

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

The impacts of poverty and deprivation are far reaching. They have consequences for mental and physical health, personal and material wellbeing, and greatly impede the ability of people to participate socially and economically in wider society. Microfinance programs are often seen as . . . → Read More: Microfinance and the household economy – Good Shepherd

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