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.
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
Article 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.