- Information about the Digital Welfare/Advice Leeds Project.
- The work has involved a mixture of qualitative and quantitative (and mixed methods) approaches to understand welfare benefits, welfare reform and advice geographies in contemporary Leeds.
- Interviews and focus groups were part of the qualitative work undertaken in 2014. This work was reported in an interim report. Some of the data underpinning the report is sensitive and confidential. Our aim is to share what data is worth sharing and can be shared via The University of Leeds Institutional Repository for Research Data.
- The Communities and Culture Network + work focused on digitalisation and aimed to look at the impacts of contemporary welfare policy changes on both service users and service providers in both welfare and general advice contexts.
The project had a focus on critically exploring digitalisation and its effects on advice service users, advice service providers, and benefits claimants.
What digitalisation refers to in this context is to do with how access to benefits and advice and the interface between service users and providers is becoming more online and computerised and less face to face and human.
- More generally this work aims to help us better understand the distribution and demand for advice services and the changing economic geography of housing benefit and council tax relief claims
- Client data from Advice Leeds Partners has been mapped and analysed spatially to examine the changing supply and demand for advice over time in the Leeds City Region.
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Relief claims data have been mapped and explored in relation to the distribution of formal advice orgnaisation client data and census data (in particular measures of deprivation).
- Our current work is exploring residential movements of Housing Benefit populations in the Leeds Local Authority District from 2008 with a particular focus on those effected by under-occupancy with respect to the 'Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or 'Bedroom Tax' from April 2013.
- Stuart Hodkinson - Principle Investigator.
- Andy Turner - Co-Investigator.
- Chris Essen - Co-Investigator.
- The work is being overseen by Gary Dymski initially through his involment and vice chairmanship of
- Many people from advice agencies, Leeds City Council and the academic community have helped us with this work.
- We hope this work will be impactful and help the citizens of Leeds and the country generally.
Data and Documentation
- Hodkinson, S.N., Turner, A.G.D. (2016)
'Housing Benefit and Under-Occupancy Data: Generalisations and Visualisations'. University of Leeds. [Dataset] http://doi.org/10.5518/40
- Hodkinson, S.N., Turner, A.G.D., Essen, C.S. (2016)
'Exploring the Impacts and Implications of a Changing UK Welfare State under Digitalisation and Austerity: the Case of Leeds'. University of Leeds. Final Report of a Pilot study on Welfare and Austerity for the Communities & Culture Network+ (May 2016). [Report] http://doi.org/10.5518/wp/3
- Hodkinson, S.N., Essen, C.S., Turner, A.G.D. (2015)
'Exploring Digital Transformations of Community, Culture and Welfare in Austere Times: the Case of Leeds. Interim Report'. Working Paper of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.5 (April 2015)
- Digital Welfare Project Google Docs Master Document
- Digital Welfare IAA Project Google Docs Master Document