Data sources

A funding bid is more likely to succeed if there is sound data backing up the claims being made. If you can say ‘there is deprivation in this area’ and back that up with details of the numbers and groups of people affected, that carries more weight than if you leave that information out.

Cornwall VSF has accessed two important sources of data to help bolster funding bids, and influence your future planning.

Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership Pulse Check

This give a snapshot of the needs – both level and subject – across the UK at the present time. It is updated weekly, and published on our website here on Wednesdays (except over Christmas).

Citizens Advice Cornwall Heat Map

Citizens Advice Cornwall have kindly agreed to provide us with a monthly document giving needs data from across Cornwall, drawn from their heat map. This shows the type of calls and enquiries that they are dealing with, and where from, tracked bi-weekly, so gives an excellent picture of what the current hot topics are, and where geographical hotspots are occurring.

This will be published monthly, here.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

For national level data, and a very detailed picture of the impact of COVID on health and other systems, the ONS has an enormous dataset. They have recently launched a new interactive tool to allow people to access a range of COVID-19 data, graphs and data visualisations in one place. 

You can find the tool itself here, and also read a blog by Ruth Studley, Co-head of Analysis for the COVID-19 Infection Survey, explains what this includes and how it is different to other tools already produced by the ONS.

Older reports from 2020, with updates

Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) produced a report in June 2020 around on their work looking at the differing impacts of the coronavirus in England, by geographical area, but also on health, jobs and families. Their research is broken down by local authority area, and examines factors such as free school meals, indices of multiple deprivation and employment sectors, relative to the impact that COVID-19 has had in those areas.

You can find the full article on the IFS website, and download the report.

Resolution Foundation

The Resolution Foundation carried out an audit of household wealth and the initial effects of the coronavirus crisis on saving and spending in Great Britain, in June 2020. Those more exposed to the health and economic crises are less likely to have savings to protect living standards if their incomes fall. Poorer families are more likely to be saving less or increasing debt as a result of the coronavirus crisis than wealthier families.

See the full report on the Resolution Foundation website, together with other reports around the subject (Lockdown lessons, Jan 2021, looking at family finances, Nov 2020).

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows that the pandemic crisis (to June 2020) has caused:

  • 7 in 10 families with children claiming Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit to cut back on essentials,
  • 6 in 10 to borrow money, and
  • over 5 in 10 to be behind on rent or other essential bills.

See the full report on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.

Child poverty update for December, housing worries published in November, and more reports on their Coronavirus page.

Carers research

Millions of people across the UK have become unpaid carers for loved ones due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to new research released to mark Carers Week in June 2020. Data estimates that 4.5 million more people are now caring for older, disabled or seriously ill family or friends as a result of the pandemic. You can read a report on the ITV website, and download the full report here.

Carers UK, one of the charities behind Carers Week, has also released a study ‘Caring and COVID-19 – Hunger and mental wellbeing, which you can download from the Carers UK website.

There is more and more recent, information on the Carers UK website.

Childhood Trust

Children are developing serious mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Childhood Trust, which provides services to disadvantaged children in London, says disadvantage is leaving children extremely vulnerable. As well as anxiety about their loved ones’ health, many children are facing social isolation and hunger. Lack of internet access is also setting disadvantaged children back. You can read the full report from June 2020 on the Childhood Trust website.