Anne Power

Your vote counts when you remember Selma

Anne Power marched from Selma half a century ago to protest the unequal treatment of black people in America and to fight for their ability to vote. She writes that Selma should remind us all that our right to have a say is precious and voting matters. 

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, America’s black Civil Rights leader, led a dramatic voting rights […]

Welfare reform isn’t working as planned

A new report examines impact of the coalition government’s welfare reform on working age social housing tenants. Anne Power summarises the findings, writing that government savings are lower and costs are higher than planned.
In 2013 and 2014, LSE Housing and Communities carried out a survey of 200 social housing tenants across the South West of England to find out whether […]

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    Hunger pains: The growing need for food banks is just the tip of the iceberg

Hunger pains: The growing need for food banks is just the tip of the iceberg

Falling incomes, harsh government cuts and the continuing rise in the cost of basic living: an increasing number of families across the UK are caught in a new poverty trap, argues Anne Power, and the growing need for food banks is just the tip of the iceberg.

Food banks are opening up in surprising, even well-off, places. The numbers of […]

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    Debt and economic resilience in the London Borough of Newham

Debt and economic resilience in the London Borough of Newham

LSE Housing and Communities, over the last 18 months, interviewed 122 Newham households on low incomes, struggling to survive financially. Anne Power summarises the findings from this two-stage survey, underlining Newham’s assets and problems, its dramatic developments around the Olympic site, its scarcely parallel diversity and its sheer poverty.
The London Borough of Newham is deep in the East End, […]

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    We should encourage long-term institutional investors and well-established landlords into the private rented sector

We should encourage long-term institutional investors and well-established landlords into the private rented sector

In 1989, the private renting sector began its 25 year boom. Now owner occupation is a falling share of the total. Social housing – both councils’ and housing associations’ – has shrunk, and private renting has rapidly gained so now the two forms of renting are level-pegging, and private renting is gaining ground. The private rented sector plays an […]

What British and European cities can and can’t learn from the US experience

Bruce Katz recently spoke at the LSE on the metropolitan revolution in the United States. But what can British and European cities learn from their American counterparts? For one, strong city leadership with strong mayors makes a big difference. Most importantly, Europe must learn from urban America’s entrenched ghetto patterns and deep-set inequalities, writes Anne Power. The link between the future of cities […]

November 18th, 2013|Anne Power|2 Comments|

Many direct impacts of the Olympics are already positive, not least that the follow-through is actually happening

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the London Olympics, a grand sporting event intended also to re-vitalise London’s East End. Interviews with residents of the Borough of Newham before and after the games show that a majority of them feel their area has improved. Anne Power concludes that, whilst it is too early to say how the legacy will […]

July 26th, 2013|Anne Power|3 Comments|

Should scarce public and charitable resources be tied up in providing cheap, rented homes for low-income tenants in unaffordably expensive central London?

Anne Power and colleagues recently published a report that explores what it is like to a be a social housing tenant in expensive areas of London and what the benefits of spending scarce resources on low-income families in these areas are. Among other findings, they argue that though cheap social-rented housing contributes to social integration in high-cost areas, adding to this stock will […]