Working with Ipsos MORI we’ve spent a year tracking eleven families as they cope with the daily challenges of austerity. The findings show how fragile family finances have become.
Family Matters saw researchers begin working with families on in-depth basis from December 2011 through January 2012, carrying out day-long visits to their homes and tracking household income and expenditure. The sample includes families on the edge of poverty to those in the ‘squeezed middle’. We aimed to uncover:
- the lived experience of families against a backdrop of austerity;
- the various impacts of austerity on family life;
- what matters to families and supports them under conditions of austerity, with a particular focus on family finances and wellbeing.
Download the report and read the findings here: Family Matters report
Download the press release here: Family Matters press release
To accompany this study, we also carried out a survey of over 1,000 parents in Britain, asking them for their views about the pressures of austerity and the kind of measures which might help families to cope. You can download the full polling results here: Family Matters topline parent survey
The Family and Childcare Trust has authored a policy response to these findings. We outline how the assets families have to draw on (money, time, support and environmental resources) have been steadily diminished by ‘austerity effects’.
We give some examples of policy measures which could help more families to thrive, despite the challenges of the economic climate. Download our response here: Family Matters policy response