Helen Barnard, Associate Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (S6 E4)

Helen Barnard
Helen Barnard

Helen has worked across policy and analysis at JRF, and from April 2020 to June 2021 she led the organisation as Director. Prior to that, she led the policy and partnerships team to develop new solutions to solve poverty; before that she built the first iteration of JRF’s monitoring and analysis team, examining the key social, economic and public policy trends and changes affecting people and places in poverty.

Decisions of the Week:

  • R (oao TV Harrison CIC) v Leeds City Council et anor [2022] EWHC 130 (Admin) a decision of the High Court dated 25th January 2022 allowing a second challenge to the refusal of the City Council  to include land in the list of assets of community value under s 87 of the Localism Act 2011.
  • R (oao S Finch) v Surrey County Council et al [2022] EWCA Civ 187 a decision of the Court of Appeal dated 17th February 2022 dismissing an appeal against the decision of Holgate J who had dismissed a challenge to the decision of the mineral planning authority not to require EIA for crude oil extraction to include an assessment of the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from the use of refined products of that oil.
  • Decision of an inspector dated 18th February 2022 allowing an appeal by JBM Solar Projects 6 Ltd against the refusal of Newark & Sherwood District Council to grant permission for a solar farm & battery stations, raising landscape & heritage issues.
  • Decision of an inspector dated 23rdth February 2022 allowing an appeal against the refusal of Thanet District Council to grant Gladman’s outline permission for up to 450 homes & associated infrastructure on a Strategic Housing Allocation in the local plan at Margate where there was no 5Yr HLS available and a failure to meet HDT. Heritage & impact on  Thames Coast & Sandwich Bay SPA & Ramsar site considered.

Episode Resources

This UK Poverty 2022 report gives the most up to date and comprehensive overview of poverty trends, numbers etc and includes the most recent poverty lines for different family types in one of the annexes, on P107: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/uk-poverty-2022  

People can find out more about Poverty Truth Commissions here: https://povertytruthnetwork.org/

Analysis of how many people on low incomes are stuck paying unaffordable rents in the private rented sector, and assesses each of the government’s policies to see how many of them it can help: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/renters-low-incomes-face-policy-black-hole-homes-social-rent-are-answer

How the new Infrastructure Levy should be designed in order to tackle these issues: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/how-infrastructure-levy-can-be-designed-boost-social-and-affordable-housing-supply