We are an accredited Living Wage Employer. This week the Living Wage in the UK has increased to £8.45ph, and in London to £9.75ph. Find out more from the Living Wage Foundation
A new book from the Child Poverty Action Group, edited by Josephine Tucker
This book explores whether the government's new life chances agenda has real substance. What does a life chances approach mean? What can be done to improve children's life chances and how are they affected by poverty and deprivation? The government has made a commitment to improve children's life chances. In this book, experts from research, policy and practice discuss the implications of the shift to 'life chances' as a frame for social policy, set out measures to improve children's life chances from perspectives including health, housing, families, early years, education and social mobility, and explain why we can't aspire to improving life chances unless we take action to reduce poverty. Click image for more.
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A report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and conducted by Heriot-Watt and Loughborough Universities claims that the effects of poverty in the UK cost the average taxpayer £1,200 a year, and the UK £78bn in total. It identifies -
Moti8 - a project we have funded over the last 5 years - has won Business In The Communities (BITC) Inspiring Young Talent Award 2016. We are delighted, and send our congratulations to everyone involved. "Were extremely pleased as this has been the biggest recognition of the project to date and this would not have been possible without the support of the Walcot Foundation. We took young participants who have benefited form the project over the last 6 years to the awards help at the O2. The event was attended by over 1600 people which include The Prince Of Wales" said Hifzul Khahir, Senior Programme Co-ordinator. More
This data (and more on poverty in London) is from our friends at London's Poverty Profile
We have updated our page describing our recent experience of seeking new Governors. We found it wholly positive and encouraging and wanted to share what we discovered. More
Highlights from our grantmaking last year:
Measuring the impact of our grants is not straightforward. We've just added this page, which explains our approach.
On 3 March 2016 the Governors adopted revised grantmaking priorities for 2016-2019. This follows are careful review in which we consulted with partners and grantees. We publish priorities to help potential applicants by giving a sense of the activity we are likely to fund (though the Governors may make exceptions in cases where a project does not fit our priorities but does offer the prospect of helping our target groups). The 2016-2019 priorities can be seen here. Thank you to all those we consulted as part of the exercise and who gave generously of their time and expertise.
A report published today from The Equality Trust ('The Aspiration Tax: How our social security system holds back low-paid workers') shows the high marginal tax rate faced by low income, working parents receiving tax credits and how this rate will increase under the new social security system of Universal Credit. Visit their site.
The Walcot Foundation Governors are preparing to identify strategic grant making priorities for financial years 2016-2019. Between October and December 2015 we consulted a variety of local stakeholders to inform decision making on how best to effectively target funding. We ran two focus groups, interviews and an on-line survey. The findings from these are being presented to our Governors in Jan 2016. Their decisions regarding the Foundation’s strategic grant making priorities for April 2016-March 2019 will be published on our website in March 2016.
The report can be viewed here.
Summary of the key findings can be found below.