Is racial prejudice fuelling the immigration debate?

New data from NatCen shows that 30% of Brits describe themselves as either “prejudiced against people of other races (up from 25% in 2001). Inner London comes out lowest at 16% whilst the West Midlands scores highest at 35%. Prejudice is highest amongst those with no formal qualifications. Just over 9 in 10 of those […]

Sexism at the Town Hall: time for change

Sexism in the world of Westminster has come under the microscope recently, but what about harassment and bullying in local politics and the effect this has on women’s representation in local government?

Mapping inequality in London

A new website which aims to provide comprehensive insights into the state of poverty and inequality in London has just been published. Using advanced mapping techniques The London mapper already features over 300 maps with more planned in the near future.

Taking the generational strain

It’s generally agreed that younger people are very unlike their parents let alone grandparents. So how will younger British people will fare in the economy and society of the future?

Social housing waiting lists slashed

New research carried out exclusively for Inside Housing reveals that, over the last two years, more than 110,000 people have been barred from housing waiting lists since councils were allowed to change their allocation policies. The largest reduction was made by Waltham Forest where waiting lists were cut by nearly 40%.

Are we giving up on politics?

Evidence suggests UK voters are among the least politically engaged in the developed world. As campaigning gets under way for this month’s European and local elections, David Blunkett MP asks why – and argues citizenship education is the key.

Volunteering at 50

Why do some people volunteer more than others? A new working paper from the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham uses data and interviews with 50 people aged 50 from the National Child Development Study to explore the issue.


Personalisation has become the policy buzz-word of the twenty-first century. But in a new book Peter Beresford, one of Britain’s foremost social work academics, argues it has been introduced on the basis of flimsy evidence and turns care into a commodity offered for profit.