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Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion
A research project of the Department of Sociology.
During 2011-13, Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Thrive Teesside and Church Action on Poverty have been working with low-income households experiencing high levels of debt in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees. The project has collected detailed financial information from 24 households, offered financial mentoring and run campaigns on predatory lending.
Funded by a grant from the Northern Rock Foundation, our partners in this work included Stockton and District Advice and Information Service, Tandem Finance Project - Fabrick Housing Group and The Five Lamps Organisation (providing mentors and sitting on the advisory group); along with Tees Credit Union, Teesside University and Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University (advisory group members).
Project staff included:
Sarah Banks, Principal Investigator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Jan Flaherty, Research Associate (to April 2013)
Greg Brown, Community Organiser, email@example.com
Tracey Herrington, Project Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helena Kilvington, Secretary (to March 2013)
The project produced a number of outputs over the two years, including a research briefing, which gives a short overview of the aims, findings and policy recommendations
Final report and briefings
Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion. Final report (September 2013, 99 pages)
Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion. Research briefing (September 2013, 6 pages)
Community Mentoring Toolkit: Working with social excluded households (September 2013, 8 pages)
Presentations at 'In whose interest?' event, NE Child Poverty Commission, Durham, 15 February 2013
Booklet of mentoring case studies, April 2013
Report of celebratory learning event April 2013