living and life events

This report presents the findings from an exploratory qualitative study that centres on a key Department for Work and Pensions client group that until now has not been extensively researched in terms of its interaction with benefit and employment services and the labour market. It focuses on a cohort of 40 (male) ex-prisoners who were tracked over a six-month period following their release from prison.

The JRF's recent public consultation revealed a strong sense of unease about some of the changes shaping British society. This Viewpoint continues the discussion about modern 'social evils' on the theme of 'inequality'. Chris Creegan argues that until we can reconcile the problems of excessive individualism, consumerism and greed at the heart of contemporary society, life opportunities will continue to be lost, limited and wasted.

A booklet for those who are either worried about dementia or who have been diagnosed. It provides reassurance and suggests practical steps to improve or maintain dignity and the quality of life as far as possible.

The government has high-profile child poverty targets which are assessed using a measure of income, as recorded in the Household Below Average Income series (HBAI).

However, income is an imperfect measure of living standards. Previous analysis suggests that some children in households with low income do not have commensurately low living standards.

This report aims to document the extent to which this is true, focusing on whether children in low-income households have different living standards depending on whether their parents are employed, self-employed, or workless.

This DVD asks viewers to consider their physical health, mental health and aspects of their life style that contribute in good or bad ways to both of these. It advocates regular physical health checks and the creation of a personal health action plan as part of a personalised and joined up service. It also describes the role of 'health facilitators', who can be friends, relatives or another trusted individual, to act as a broker between health services and a person with learning disabilities.

This report provides an overview of media literacy among adults aged 60 and over in the UK. The aim of the report is to support people working in this area to develop and promote media literacy among this group.

DH Care Networks have been developed to facilitate the implementation of policy and offer specialist support around service transformation, integration and whole system reform, housing with care, assistive technology and partnership working. Networks currently on the site are: Integration, Personalisation, Prevention, Independent Living Choices, Dignity in Care, Commissioning, Dementia, Care Services Efficiency Delivery (CSED), Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for Adults, and Personal Health Budget Network. Each network contains a range of useful resources and tools.

Child wellbeing and child poverty:where the UK stands in the European table, is a briefing paper of research by a York University team for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) published in April 2009. This league table of young people's wellbeing places the United Kingdom 24th out of 29 countries measured across seven areas: health, education, housing, material resources, relationships, risk, and how young people feel about their lives. The data was mostly drawn from 2006 and does not reflect changes as a result of government programmes since that time.

People who have a range of needs including homelessness and mental health and substance use problems, and are involved with the criminal justice system, often live at the margins of our society. This research aimed to examine this group’s abilities to access financial services, their financial management skills and the interplay between key life events, mental health and offending.

The author reports on research which aimed to examine the impact on carers of people receiving individual budgets and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

While there are many ways in which personal budgets can be provided, one of the main ways is through a direct payment.

This research is the first to examine the impact on carers of people receiving IBs and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.