Challenging Times, Changing Lives research project is following 20 families, single people and couples over the next three years to assess financial and economic changes.
Riverside researchers are carrying out in depth interviews every six months as part of a longitudinal study, to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact of welfare reform and wider economic impact on Riverside households. The study will also inform the support structures the social landlord puts in place to offset the impact of welfare benefit changes. Households are based in Wirral, Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Carlisle, with a mix of people in work, on benefits, retired and with health issues. The results of the first set of interviews, carried out over the summer will set a benchmark against which to monitor future changes.