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Our research on social inclusion examines people’s access to rights, opportunities and resources through housing, employment, healthcare, education, civic engagement and democratic participation.
In response to the need for a client-based perspective, Toynbee Hall and Middlesex University conducted primary research to examine the impact of legal aid cuts on people’s lived experiences. Based on data from in-depth interviews, survey and two sets of service evaluation, this research suggests that seeking justice without legal aid is a precursor to sleepless nights - feeling stressed, powerless and unable to get on with life.
Research conducted by Toynbee Hall into the provision of immigration advice in Tower Hamlets has uncovered systemic failures with both regulated and unregulated advisors providing misleading and expensive advice to vulnerable clients. The year-long research project included mystery-shopping visits to 44 fee-charging providers of immigration advice in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and gives a unique insight into the services provided and the quality of provision.
The London Fairness Commission, an independent Commission established by Toynbee Hall and My Fair London, has published an interim report, detailing the work of the Commission to date, the findings of their research and a series of fairness dilemmas to be considered.
A Toynbee Hall report led by 12 young women from Tower Hamlets and Hackney and mentored by researcher from The University of Oxford, looking specifically on how young people from deprived areas, marginalised young women and minorities are excluded from politics.
Toynbee Hall carried out a 'Mystery Shopping Exercise' in which researchers contacted letting agents whilst acting as prospective tenants. The aim was to find how many letting agents in Tower Hamlets were willing to consider letting properties to tenants who claimed housing benefit. This allowed researchers to highlight the obstacles people on benefits face in accessing privately rented accommodation, as well as determine whether or not landlords and letting agents were discriminating against tenants who required support from welfare benefits to pay their rent.
Case Study: Not Wanted Here
Read Jessica's experience of not being able to find a property due to receiving housing benefits.
My eldest son’s camping bed is set-up at the foot of my bed, and then my youngest sleeps with me. Once he is bigger though, there won’t be any room for a bed for him.”
A report for Toynbee Hall that looked at the need for Toynbee Hall to develop a project that could support the volunteering of the unemployed whilst building their skills in order to increase their chances of getting paid employment.
Working with the Vinvolved Project and Active Citizenship, Toynbee Hall conducted workshops with Year 6 pupils, encouraging them to develop their own ideas of what facilities and resources in the local area should be made more available and accessible.
This Toynbee Hall report looks at the changing definitions of literacy, which now encompass a much broader range of communications. The research explores methods and best practice of consultation and holistic needs assessment within a literacy development setting. As a case study, the report examines Toynbee Hall's Deesha Literacy Project, which educates ethnic minority women.
Published in 1944, this report details the studies that the institute managed to publish as well as those being prepared for the future. Studies worked on by the Institute at this time included a critical evaluation of the relatively new National Health Insurance Scheme; an analysis of Soviet Russia's economy over a 25 year period; and an enquiry into the system of valuation for rating.
This report, published in 1942, details all the research and programmes carried out during the year. Studies worked on by the Institute at this time included an account of Standardised Accountancy in Germany; a federal finance inquiry; and a study on the impact of World War II on the industrial sector in Coventry.