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Final Project Report of Findings: Released 11 November 2015

The Impacts of the 'Bedroom Tax' on Children and Their Education: A Study in the City of Manchester

Association of Educational Psychologists, Durham 26 November 2015

Erica Burman will present Impacts of the 'bedroom tax' on children's education: Indications from a preliminary research study

UCL Institute of Education, London 16-17 November 2015

Having been invited to present a paper for the workshop Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or foes? Erica will present 'A necessary struggle-in-relation?' drawing on themes from the bedroom tax research.

Voluntary Sector North West Annual Conference, Kings House, Manchester 7 October 2015

Kate Sapin presented 'Impacts of the "Bedroom Tax" on Children's Education'.

British Education Research Association (BERA) Conference 15-17 September 2015

Laura Winter and Joanna Bragg presented a paper, Disadvantaged Schools: Education vs Welfare, as part of symposium Foundations for Educational Equity?: The interaction of education and other social policies under conditions of austerity within the Social Justice SIG (special interest group) chaired by B Francis.

The presentation explored findings from the school interviews to answer two key questions: what impact is the bedroom tax having on schools? and what are schools doing in response?

This lead on to discussion around why schools are increasingly engaging in welfare support and whether it should be within their remit to do so, illustrating tensions between education policy and social policy.

British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology, Harrogate – July 2015

Erica Burman presented Children and families in context: The psychological impacts of the "Bedroom Tax" in the UK at the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Harrogate, UK on 11 July 2015.

Society for Psychotherapy Research, Philadelphia, USA - June 2015

Erica Burman presented Children and families in context: The psychological impacts of the "Bedroom Tax" in the UK at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA on 26 June 2015.

Manchester Institute of Education 27 May 2015

'Researching the Impact of the "Bedroom Tax" on Educational Inequality'. Psychology, Inequality and Education Research Group Seminar.

University of Sheffield - April 2015

Anat Greenstein and Afroditi Kalambouka presented 'The construction and deconstruction of the family by the Bedroom Tax Policy' on 17 April 2015 at the University of Sheffield. This was an invited paper at the ESRC Research Seminar on Tackling the Hidden Costs of Recovery: Inequality & Insecurity in UK Households. ICOSS.

cities@manchester: Transforming Manchester - March 2015

The Transforming Manchester workshop on 4 March 2015 provided a forum for researchers from The University of Manchester to share findings from their Manchester based research. Kate Sapin talked on 'Community engagement in Manchester and the impact of the "Bedroom Tax" on Children's Education'. She discussed the methods of engagement and participation encountered in this research as well as some initial findings.

Child Health Research network event, Manchester Institute of Education – February 2015

As part of the Manchester Institute of Education Showcase Promoting Child Health and Wellbeing: The contribution of school based research, 2 February 2015, the research team will draw upon interview material to explore the implications for child well-being in the study areas, Wythenshawe and Moss Side. Areas of significant social and economic deprivation such as these, with large proportions of social housing, are inevitably affected by government reform measures such as the bedroom tax – to what extent is child well-being at risk?

Research Matters seminar – December 2014

Analysis of the school data is now in progress and specific school-related themes have started to emerge, in addition to those identified through analysis of the family and community interviews. Some of the themes naturally apply across all three of the research focus areas.

The research team delivered an hour long Research Matters Seminar on 10 December to explain the policy context of the research, explaining details of the research methods and discussing various considerations and observations that arose throughout the fieldwork phase and finally presenting some of the preliminary themes with illustrative quotes from the interview transcripts. The session was conducted in an informal manner, being mostly attended by MIE colleagues who were keen to engage in discussion over shared concerns and issues evident in the presentation that resonated with their own research experience.

Policy Week @ Manchester – November 2014

The project fieldwork is well under way, with the first round of family interviews completed as well as a selection of community and school interviews. We have started preliminary analysis of the family and community data and have identified a set of emerging themes.

The research team participated in the University of Manchester, Policy Week Event and delivered a presentation on 4 November to a broad audience comprising University colleagues and external stakeholders. The team presented the policy context for the research and discussed preliminary findings within this framework. There was considerable interest in the research which prompted some lively discussion.

Manchester Policy Blogs – April 2014

A year on from the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', Professor Ruth Lupton argues that reducing the incomes of poor families and creating instability for poor children is a nonsensical policy for a government committed to closing the socio-economic attainment gap.

Stakeholder event – March 2014

On Thursday 6 March 2014 we held a stakeholder event to launch the research project. There was a fantastic turn out and 28 people attended the event, representing a wide range of services including housing associations, local campaign groups, research groups, local government, schools and local charities. The event started with four informative presentations on various issues around the bedroom tax:

We then separated into small groups with the participants to discuss two key questions, which were:

  1. 'What impact has the bedroom tax had on children and their education, both where families have had to or chosen to move and where families have had to or chosen to stay?'
  2. 'What impact has the bedroom tax had on children's services and schools, both where families have had to or chosen to move and where families have had to or chosen to stay?'

The general thoughts from the discussions with participants are summarised in the document at the link below: