CASR Research in Social Policy

  • Currently Steve Iafrati and Clare Williams are working with Wolverhampton City Council in their planning for the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit.
  • Over the summer, Steve Iafrati has worked with Citizen’s Advice Wolverhampton examining people’s use of food banks in the city.
  • We have recently finished working with a voluntary sector organisation in the Black Country looking at the nature and impacts of homophobic hate crime.
  • Clare Williams and Steve Iafrati presented a paper at the 2014 Social Policy Association Conference, the paper was entitled Redefining poverty in an age of austerity and welfare retrenchment.
  • Steve Iafrati has had a paper published in the June 2014 edition of Social Policy Review, the paper is entitled ‘Creating a legacy of long-term indebtedness:  The toxic impact of payday loans in Wolverhampton’.
  • Steve Iafrati has been involved in the excellent research carried out by Dr Meena Dhanda looking at caste discrimination in the UK commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to inform the inclusion of caste within the Equality Act 2010. 
  • Steve Iafrati presented a paper at the 2013 Social Policy Association conference, the paper was entitled Creating a legacy of long-term indebtedness:  The toxic impact of payday loans in Wolverhampton.
  • In conjunction with Coventry University, we have produced research on social and economic change in former New Deal for Communities area for St Peter’s parish, Braunstone, Leicester.
  • We have worked with Park House residential addiction centre to examine Social Return on Investment research with Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Addiction Team and produce a final report detailing their contribution towards budget savings in other service provision areas.
  • We were a member of advisory group for ‘Benefits Stigma in Britain’ research commissioned by Elizabeth Finn Foundation and carried out by the University of Kent.
  • In October 2012 we were commissioned by Wolverhampton City Council to provide qualitative analysis of their community hubs’ consultation and produce a final report for councillors.
  • In July 2012 & March 2014 we have presented to Sandwell MBC Community Development Workers on national policy and its local impact.
  • In January 2012 we received a grant from Social Policy Association to organise a conference of community development workers across the Black Country.