The impact of economic downturn on cities and households: Bristol and Liverpool compared

Dr Patricia Kennett, Reader, School for Policy Studies

Dr Patricia Kennett, Reader, School for Policy Studies

The impact of the economic downturn and subsequent austerity measures on Bristol and Liverpool and the households within those cities has been the focus of a recent research project. Conducted over the past two years, this Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded project has involved looking at the different ways in which the cities and households have responded to downturn and austerity.

At a recent workshop we presented some of our findings to key stakeholders from local government and the voluntary and community sectors in Bristol and Liverpool, some of whom had participated directly in the research. We demonstrated how the shapes of crisis and austerity in Bristol and Liverpool have been determined by the cities’ respective uneven development trajectories, as well as by their institutional, sectoral and social profiles.

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Who cares about the Spending Review?

Hardeep Aiden

Hardeep Aiden, School for Policy Studies

The announcements made by the Treasury in the June 2013 Spending Review could have a profound impact on the welfare state for years to come. Not least affected will be the adult social care system, which supports over a million disabled adults and older people across the country. For adult social care, one major decision has just been settled and another is expected soon: how the care system will be funded going forward and who’ll be able to access it.

For far too long social care has been a Cinderella service: under-funded and under-loved. Has anything changed?

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