Guest edited by Dr Roger Grimshaw, this issue focuses on poverty and institutional care with contributions based on a roundtable held by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in 2014, with Christopher Stacey, David Graham, Monica Dowling and Courtney Hougham offering their perspectives. Among the topical and comment articles, Auke Willems focuses on the request by a Belgium prisoner for euthnasia, and Dulcie Faure Walker reports on the informal economy in prison.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
On November 17 we held an event entitled ‘ Prisoners and looked after children – a common cause?’ The roundtable was full to capacity, with many delegates representing organisations working directly with people in need. The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Research Director, Roger Grimshaw, presented the case for a new social policy on poverty that introduces a principle of reparation for the harms experienced by individuals.
Richard Bilton, reporting for Panorama, describes how, despite persistent claims by mainstream politicians to be 'on the side of hard-working people', the majority of the poor are in work. Whilst the cost of basics like food bills and clothes has risen by 28 per cent over the last six years, average wages have only gone up by 9 per cent. This has put huge pressures on household budgets.
Rebecca Roberts, Senior Policy Associate at the Centre, outlines some initial findings presented at a recent anti-poverty forum as part of a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded evidence review on poverty and institutional care.