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Family Futures: Childhood and poverty in urban neighbourhoods


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Speaker(s): Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Dr Katharine Rake, Professor Anne Power, Jane Waldfogel
Chair: Professor David Piachaud

Recorded on 5 July 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Family futures is about family life in areas of concentrated poverty and social problems where surrounding conditions make bringing up children more difficult and family life more fraught and limited. Home and neighbourhood carry special meaning for families, because where they live, how they fit in with their neighbours, and how their children grow up all intertwine, to build a sense of community. This timely book, by acclaimed author Anne Power and her team, is based on a unique longitudinal study of over 200 families interviewed annually over the last decade. It answers three important questions in the words of families themselves: What challenges face families in poor areas? How are the challenges being met? Have government efforts helped or hindered progress over the past decade? This event will have wide appeal to people who work with, live in and care about families and low-income areas.

Margaret Hodge is Member of Parliament for Barking.

Dr Katharine Rake OBE is Chief Executive Officer at the Family and Parenting Institute.

Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy and Head of LSE Housing at LSE.

Jane Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

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