Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

ABSTRACT Dominating policy discourse has been the hypothesis that residence in “poverty neighbourhoods” can compound individual disadvantage. Prominent here are concerns about social exclusion and spatial entrapment. A contrary perspective is that low income communities often contain substantial social capital and that accessing relatively affordable housing available in such places may provide a basis for … [Read More] Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

 ABSTRACT Recent law changes in New Zealand allowing for the detention of a “mass arrival” of asylum seekers reflect a concerning international rhetoric and associated policy trend in Australia and the United Kingdom towards those seeking asylum. This paper argues that, although the New Zealand public has not (yet) reached a “moral panic” that is … [Read More] Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

From social security to social investment? Compensating and social investment welfare policies in a life-course perspective – Journal of European Social Policy

ABSTRACT This article contributes to the ongoing debate on the forms and characteristics of social investment policies and their potential trade-off with social security schemes by assessing developments of welfare spending profiles in 23 European welfare states in the 2000s. I argue that if a social investment turn has indeed occurred, it is not necessarily … [Read More] From social security to social investment? Compensating and social investment welfare policies in a life-course perspective – Journal of European Social Policy

Living with and responding to the ‘scrounger’ narrative in the UK: exploring everyday strategies of acceptance, resistance and deflection – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT In the UK, a dominant narrative operates to stereotype and stigmatise out-of-work benefit claimants as inactive welfare dependents who require activation if they are to enter paid employment and behave responsibly. Drawing upon a small-scale qualitative longitudinal study into lived experiences of welfare reform, this paper explores how out-of-work claimants respond to this dominant … [Read More] Living with and responding to the ‘scrounger’ narrative in the UK: exploring everyday strategies of acceptance, resistance and deflection – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Inclusive growth? The relationship between economic growth and poverty in British cities – Environment & Planning

ABSTRACT There is growing concern in many developed economies that the benefits of economic growth are not shared equitably. This is particularly the case in the UK, where economic growth has been geographically uneven and often biased towards already affluent cities. Yet there is relatively little evidence on the relationship between growth and poverty in … [Read More] Inclusive growth? The relationship between economic growth and poverty in British cities – Environment & Planning

Anti Poverty Week in the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week  20th October 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald – Ombudsman report reveals families struggling with gas prices in NSW The Huffington Post (AU) – Lack Of Affordable Housing Should Hit Close To Home 19th October 2016 ABC News – National Press Club: Kate Ellis ABC … [Read More] Anti Poverty Week in the News

The PWC Baseline Evaluation Report Released by Christian Porter at the National Press Club 20th September 2016

Extract In its May 2015 Budget, the Commonwealth Government announced an intention to implement the Australian Priority Investment Approach to welfare in Australia. The development of this approach was one of the recommendations of the review of Australia’s welfare system, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes (the McClure Report), along with the … [Read More] The PWC Baseline Evaluation Report Released by Christian Porter at the National Press Club 20th September 2016

Realising our (neoliberal) potential? A critical discourse analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada – Critical Social Policy

ABSTRACT We examine the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) launched in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. Using corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis, we explore the dominant discourses that emerge in a genre chain produced by the Government of Ontario, including the initial 2008 PRS, annual reports and the 2014–2019 recontextualised PRS. Six key discourses surfaced: … [Read More] Realising our (neoliberal) potential? A critical discourse analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada – Critical Social Policy

Reprieve for Newstart recipients but the budget threat remains – ACOSS

Media Release Responding to the Government and Labor’s renegotiated Omnibus Bill, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie says that while the retention of the Energy Supplement for those receiving social security payments is welcome news, the threat of further cuts to people who are unemployed and families on low incomes remains. “It is unfortunate we have … [Read More] Reprieve for Newstart recipients but the budget threat remains – ACOSS

Where to for welfare? Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Daniel Nethery The Coalition’s proposed budget cuts would have a disproportionate impact on low-income groups, write Peter Whiteford and Daniel Nethery in this detailed analysis for Inside Story eventful first sitting week of the new parliament saw the Turnbull government introduce legislation for a raft of savings … [Read More] Where to for welfare? Inside Story

The ins and outs of co-design – Victorian Council of Social Service

Extract from an article by Mary Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of VCOSS Would a business unveil a new product without first engaging in extensive market testing? Focus groups of prospective users? Of course not. They’d likely lose a lot of money and trash their brand in the process. Yet, in the past, this was exactly … [Read More] The ins and outs of co-design – Victorian Council of Social Service

Chifley Research Centre sees inequality at heart of policy reform – Australian Financial Review

Extract from an article by Jacob Greber Halting Donald Trump-style political revolts in modern democracies means delivering inequality-busting economic reform such as infrastructure spending or winding back negative gearing and high-end superannuation benefits to fund low and middle-class tax cuts, says a Labor-linked think tank. In major report that points to how the economic debate is evolving within Labor, the Chifley Research … [Read More] Chifley Research Centre sees inequality at heart of policy reform – Australian Financial Review

Rising inequality in Australia could cost 3% of GDP, study finds – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gabrielle Chan Analysis from Labor thinktank the Chifley Research Centre suggests if no action is taken to reduce inequality, it could cost Australians $500 each by end of decade Inequality in Australia has grown between 2011 and 2014 and its impact on the economy could cost up to $500 per person … [Read More] Rising inequality in Australia could cost 3% of GDP, study finds – The Guardian

Axing clean energy supplement has barely caused a ripple, but it should – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Lenore Taylor Although the amounts appear insignificant, the cuts in payments to new welfare recipients will hit hard for the most disadvantaged Australians For many people, $4.40 a week is a small sum – trivial even. A cup of coffee on the way to work, the parking change in the … [Read More] Axing clean energy supplement has barely caused a ripple, but it should – The Guardian

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