Decent living standards
We all need a safety-net during hard times. Help from the state can make a big difference to poverty levels. We want an inclusive and responsive welfare and support system, which provides an adequate income for people as and when they need it and does not create barriers or disincentives to working for those who can. However, achieving decent living standards is a particular challenge in London as many costs are higher. Incomes need boosting, whether through wages or benefits, and costs must also come down.
What we will fund
(including campaigning, organising, policy work and research) on issues such as:
- The impact of changes to the welfare support system, including caps, assessment, conditionality and sanctions.
- Improving the welfare support system, including in relation to areas where there may be less of a spotlight, such as the additional costs of disability, asylum support and local welfare assistance.
- Highlighting the effect on low-income Londoners of public services such as children’s centres and youth provision.
- Reducing the cost of living in London such as childcare and transport, as well as the disproportionately high cost of essentials for people on low incomes.
- Improving understanding of public attitudes on social security and challenging stigma attached to reliance on social security by working-age adults. This would include constructive ways to bring together people in receipt of benefits with policy-makers and practitioners e.g. Jobcentre Plus staff.
- The future role of social security and the state in preventing and tackling poverty and inequality in London.
Social security legal advice
delivered at a specialist level including:
- Casework and representation for appeals to the First Tier and Upper Tribunal.
- Strategic legal action including Third Party interventions and evidence-gathering for a potential legal challenge.
How to apply
Please read the funding guidelines in full before filling in our funding application form. If, after reading the guidelines, you are in doubt as to whether your work fits then please telephone us so that we can discuss and answer any specific queries you may have, on 020 7606 6145.
Find out if your work is eligible by downloading our funding guidelines.FinalTrust for London Funding Guidelines full document update Oct18 5.pdf 801.6 KB
From our Twitter
Almost two thirds of jobs in the hospitality sector are low paid. With most Londoners in poverty from a working family, we need to address the high costs and low pay which are driving Londoners into poverty. pic.twitter.com/JJS22vQFVL13 Dec 2018
Want to look up the poverty rate in Islington? The GCSE attainment gap in Bromley? Infant Mortality rates in Sutton? You can find all of this and more on London’s Poverty Profile. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/13 Dec 2018
Less than half of disabled Londoners are employed. The @SMFthinktank are calling for joined up action through a disability employment taskforce to increase the employment rate of London’s disabled population. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/supporting-disabled-people-into-work/ …12 Dec 2018
Delighted to say Standard Life Foundation has agreed its strategy & funding guidelines. We aim to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK We’re now open for applications. 1st deadline: 4th Feb More details at: http://www.standardlifefoundation.org.uk/foundation/library/SL-Foundation-Funding-Guidelines.pdf …11 Dec 2018
We all want people to be able to earn a living from working. But most Londoners who are in poverty come from a working household. Hard work should pay. We need more employers to offer the real living wage. Find out more here: #livingwage https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/work/london-living-wage/ …12 Dec 2018