“The Impact of the Hampshire Local Welfare Assistance Scheme 2013-2014″

In 2013 Hampshire County Council made provision for a Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) scheme. The scheme was designed to support vulnerable people in crisis using money transferred from the Department of Work and Pensions following the abolition of Crisis loans and Community Care grants.

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the first year of Hampshire’s Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. It is based on qualitative interviews with 20 agencies that participated in the scheme and data from the Hampshire Crisis Information and Advice Line. The 36 page report was produced by Julian Dobson from Urban Pollinators working with Rachel Papworth of Papworth Research and Consultancy Ltd. The research was funded by Hampshire County Council.

A seminar held on Friday 25th July in Winchester heard from Julian and Rachel on the key findings and issues identified by the research. The seminar was attended by over 50 representatives from Hampshire Councils, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Voluntary organisations and Housing Associations.

For the speakers slides Click here

For the workshop notes Click here


 WHAT DO THE BENEFIT AND WIDER WELFARE CHANGES MEAN FOR PEOPLE ON LOW INCOMES IN HAMPSHIRE, PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON?

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Over 80 people attended the presentation by Dr Christina Beatty of the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research on the impact of welfare reforms on Hampshire.

To view a 3 minute video about the seminar and the work of the BST Click Here

To view a longer 9 minute film about the seminar Click Here

For recommendations from the workshops, please Click Here.


HARD TIMES: CHILD POVERTY IN  THE DICKENS BICENTENNIAL YEAR

Wednesday 27TH June 2012

Charles Dickens brought child poverty alive in the 1800’s through his books and readings. In his bicentennial year we reflect on the reality of child poverty in 2012 and the challenges of today.

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group and leading national expert and campaigner delivered the Bill Sargent Trust Lecture on Wednesday 27th June.  The Lecture was attended by over 90 people and there was a  lively question and answer session following Alison’s lecture.

The slides presented by Alison are avalible here bill-sargent-trust-lecture-270612


Previous Events:

WHAT DO THE  BENEFIT AND WIDER WELFARE CHANGES MEAN FOR PEOPLE ON LOW INCOMES IN HAMPSHIRE, PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON ?  SPRING 2011

      Tina Beatty (Researcher) and Mark Mitchell (BST Chair) at the Seminar

Report launch: Wednesday 13th April and Friday May 20th at the Holiday Inn, Winchester and Rushmoor Council Offices, Farnborough. 140 delegates from Councils, Housing Associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Job Centre Plus, homelessness, mental health and other third sector and statutory projects attended the free launch events and received copies of the newly published Report and Executive Summary: “The Impact of Welfare Reform and Public Sector Spending Reductions on Low Income Households in Hampshire”.

Delegates heard a detailed presentation from Christina Beatty on the potential impact of the changes in incapacity and long term sickness benefits, Job Seekers Allowance, Lone Parents Income Support and Housing Benefit locally. She stressed this can only be  a partial picture in what is a dynamic and rapidly changing situation. Delegates discussed the scale of the budget deficit, supported housing,  the difficulty in obtaining good local data on the impact on ethnic minority groups, the lack of tracking of people who are no longer eligible for benfits and their circumstances and ways in which the impact of the changes can be monitored through advice services. In follow up workshops ways of mitigating the impact and increasing awareness were debated. Mark Mitchell, Chair of the Trust emphasised the Trust would be interested in follow up action research if Councils , Housing Associations or other organisations could help support this.

To view an interview with Tina Beatty click here

hampshire-exec-summaryTo download a free Executive Summary of the report click here (8 sides, colour)

To download a free copy of the Full Report click here (102 pages,some colour maps and graphs) 


Previous Bill Sargent Trust Events

2010 Helen Cope and Andrew Preskey

“The role of Housing Associations in supporting their residents to find employment and training”

Click here for a copy of the workshop notes

Click here for Helen Cope presentation (choose “open file” when prompted)

Bill Sargent Memorial Lectures

2008  David Willetts MP, Sarah McCarthy Fry MP, David Carpenter  (University of Portsmouth, Carole Damper (Roberts Centre)

“How should we tackle poverty in the Portsmouth area?


2005   Bob Paterson

“Combating Financial Exclusion both locally and nationally”


2003   Ted Cantle

“Community Cohesion in Britain”


2001      Archbishop of York – Dr. David Hope

“The Church’s engagement with social issues”