Communities across the UK are feeling the effects of austerity measures, while demographic change and climate change add to the risk that disadvantaged people and places will suffer the most. We continue to look at how social, economic, environmental and policy changes affect housing, neighbourhoods and different places in the UK. We are focusing on four themes:
- Housing – how housing can be adapted to suit different types of household and the varying needs of people at different stages of life, including young people; and how it can reduce the impact of poverty in the UK;
- Cities, growth and poverty – a new area of work looking at the relationship between economic growth and poverty in cities;
- Climate change and communities – how climate change will affect people and places facing poverty and disadvantage in the UK, including factors such as flooding, insurance, heatwaves and energy efficiency.
- Deprived communities and neighbourhoods – many of our programmes include a focus on deprived areas, including: austerity in the UK; neighbourhood approaches to loneliness; dementia without walls; and anti-poverty strategies for the UK
At Derwenthorpe, our mixed-tenure development on the edge of York, we are working with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to research and demonstrate how a socially and environmentally sustainable community can work in practice.