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Working-age 'welfare': who gets it, why, and what it costs

This paper provides some basic facts about the five main benefits that make up, or add to, the income of the approximately five million out-of-work working-age adults to help inform the debate on public spending cuts.

The impact of global governance on poverty in the UK

This paper classifies global governance institutions; examines how these institutions have contributed to the production and/or the alleviation of poverty in the UK; and outlines how anti-poverty campaigners in the UK can engage with global governance institutions.

How globalisation is changing patterns of marginalisation and inclusion in the UK

This paper explores the relationship between globalisation and the processes and patterns that determine the quality of life of communities in the UK; discusses how globalisation affects the labour market; and examines how governments and policy-makers should respond to the impacts of globalisation on poverty and inequality.

Legitimacy and procedural justice in prisons

A functioning correctional system depends on the orderly reproduction of a stable and acceptable prison environment. The argument in this paper has two parts: first, a key factor in the social order of a prison is the legitimacy of the prison regime in the eyes of inmates; and second, the legitimacy of authorities depends in large part upon the procedural fairness with which officers treat prisoners.

Grampian police return home welfare interview pilot for young runaways: pilot evaluation

The overall aim of this evaluation was to explore the most effective means of delivering Return Home Welfare Interviews (RHWIs) to ensure the best outcomes for the child/young person. It set out to examine the operation of the pilot as implemented in Aberdeen City and Elgin, to reflect the range of models of delivery used and the overall impact of the pilot. One area in Aberdeenshire (Fraserburgh) formed the control area to illustrate original practice in Grampian and current practice outwith the pilot areas.

"Someone just for me..." - independent visitors: the benefits for looked-after children and young people

Most children are fortunate enough to have significant adults in their lives who can act as mentors or role models. However, children and young people in the care system may have limited or, in some cases, no contact with their families. The NSPCC is committed to improving outcomes for looked after children, both as individuals and as a group.

The purpose of this briefing is to look at the benefits of the independent visiting service for young people from their perspective.

Self-directed support: a national strategy for Scotland

The national strategy for self-directed support in Scotland has been developed to help take forward the personalisation of health and social care services in Scotland. The increasing numbers of people accessing social care and the range of individual needs mean that services and supports will have to continue to become much more flexible and responsive in the future.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2010

This report focuses on the 18-month recession of 2008 and 2009. Whilst highlighting recent success in preventing poverty worsening, it draws attention to several longstanding problems, including unemployment. It is too soon for the data in this report to reflect any impact of new policies from the Coalition Government, but it describes the subjects any new anti-poverty programme will need to address to match the scale and scope of the challenge.

Globalisation, the media and UK communities

UK communities find themselves in an increasingly complex world of news mediation. There are more channels of information from around the world that provide more varied sources of topical data and comment than ever before. This paper seeks to chart the impact of changes in global media on low-income groups in the UK and community dynamics. It will explore how their mediated relationship to the local and global world is affected by current trends in media production and consumption.

The local impact of the global internet

This paper was commissioned as part of JRF's programme on Globalisation, which explores and promotes awareness of the impacts of globalisation on the UK and focuses on communities and people in poverty.
This paper:
* explains the implications of easier access to global communication;
* surveys the increasing use of the Internet in Britain and how this applies to local and global networks; and
* discusses how individuals and communities can build networks and the challenges this brings.