Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?

By Laura Stevens, MSc Psychology Student and Research Assistant for the Applied Memory Lab University of Birmingham “Eyewitness testimony is unreliable!” “Aren’t lots of people falsely convicted on the basis of eyewitness testimony?” “Eyewitness testimony should not be trusted!” As memory researchers, these are comments that we encounter all of the time. Many people believe … Continue reading “Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?”

A remarkable life: The longevity of the National Assistance Act

By Allan Norman, Associate Lecturer in Social Work Law, University of Birmingham Social Worker, Non-practising solicitor “The existing poor law shall cease to have effect.” With these opening words, the National Assistance Act 1948 dramatically brought about the end of an era, sweeping away the last vestiges of a Victorian scheme that had held on … Continue reading “A remarkable life: The longevity of the National Assistance Act”

The National Assistance Act 70 years on – Lessons for the social care green paper

By Catherine Needham, Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham As the weight of expectations builds on the forthcoming social care green paper, it is timely that this week is the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act 1948 which created social services in their current form. The … Continue reading “The National Assistance Act 70 years on – Lessons for the social care green paper”

The gender pay gap is linked to broader wage inequality – and both require urgent action

By  Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham According to data from the recent gender pay-gap reporting exercise almost eight out of 10 companies and public-sector bodies in the UK pay men more than women, with women being paid a median hourly rate in 2017 that … Continue reading “The gender pay gap is linked to broader wage inequality – and both require urgent action”

Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit

By  Dr Catherine Durose, Institute of Local Government Studies Reader in Policy Sciences at the University of Birmingham “The use of pledges in community organising provide a different way of doing politics, a set of political tactics to build community power…” Citizens UK bring together locally-rooted member institutions, in the fields of education, community, trade union … Continue reading “Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit”