The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has renewed funding for updating MIS, up to the end of 2016, with regular research to ensure that the budgets reflect contemporary values and living standards. We will now be carrying out “rebase” studies, recalculating household budgets from scratch, every four years for each household type, on a biannual rolling basis. So, in 2014, we will “rebase” budgets for households without children, while conducting a lighter-touch review of budgets for families with children, while in 2016 we will do the reverse. This regular commitment to keep MIS up to date reflects the importance that JRF attaches to MIS as a benchmark informing debates about household needs and about poverty in the UK.
Some other recent developments:
– We have recently completed a substantial study identifying minimum income standards in remote rural Scotland, to be published in June by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
– We are currently undertaking a study of the additional cost of fostering a child, using the MIS method, funded by the Fostering Network.
– We have recently looked at how the numbers below MIS have risen as a result of recession, in a report published by JRF
– We are presently supporting projects in Portugal, France and Austria using the MIS method. Together with projects in Japan and Ireland, this is creating an international body of knowledge which should produce some interesting comparative results. We will be pursuing such comparisons in 2014, and hope to hold some kind of international symposium or conference late in 2014 or early 2015.
You can keep in touch through Twitter (@CRSP_LboroUni) or via the CRSP website, which we have recently redesigned – http://www.crsp.ac.uk
Core MIS team members: Abigail Davis, Matt Padley, Lisa Jones, maternity cover for Nicola Lomax, the project administrator and first point of contact (email@example.com)