Research and campaigns (R&C) are one of the twin aims of our service and operates on many levels; we contribute to national campaigns and liaise with local Citizen Advice offices in Dorset to conduct research and run effective local campaigns on behalf of Dorset residents. We also work closely with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to gather evidence and contribute to Dorset-wide campaigns.
How We Make A Difference
Our first-hand evidence-based approach places our clients at the heart of our research and campaign aims. Through surveys, statistics, case studies, and interviews, we aim to gain insight into our clients’ experiences and improve the policies and practices that affect Dorset residents and the wider community. We use this insight to carry out local campaigns to influence how local and national policies and procedures are developed and implemented.
Current R&C Work In Rural Dorset
We are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19 on housing, food bank usage, and benefits and aim to examine access to services and digital exclusion for Dorset residents during the pandemic.
We have recently taken part in the #KeeptheLifeline Campaign as a part of a national effort to retain the £20 Universal Credit Uplift permanently. On a local level, we wrote letters and met with local MPs to discuss the need for the £20 uplift to be extended for another year while Britain emerges from the pandemic.
More information about national campaigns can be found here.