Debt on Teesside: Pathways to Financial Inclusion
During 2011-13, Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Thrive Teesside and Church Action on Poverty worked with low-income households experiencing high levels of debt in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees. The project collected detailed financial information from 24 households, offered financial mentoring and ran campaigns on predatory lending.
The project produced a number of outputs over the two years, including a full report, a research briefing, which gives a short overview of the aims, findings and policy recommendations, a film and community mentoring toolkit. The project team are continuing work on high cost credit, with further policy and practice briefings.
Articles and book chapter
'Action research for social justice: researching and organisins on household debt' in Hardwick, L., Smith, R. and Worsley, A. (eds), Innovations in Social Work Research: Using Methods Creatively, London, Jessica Kingsley, 2015, pp. 18-39.
New briefings and materials, 2014
Money mentoring: a resource pack (September 2014, 19 pages)
Report of 'Tackling the personal debt crisis in the NE' event (June 2014, 16 pages)
Final report, briefings and film, 2013
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)
'Loadsadebt' film calling for better regulation of high cost credit, (April 2013, 4 mins)
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