Steve Griffiths was a community and welfare rights worker in North London for fifteen years before co-ordinating Islington Council’s Anti-Poverty Strategy from the late Eighties. He later wrote profiles of poverty and health inequality using small area mapping to examine the interaction of social and health factors in Manchester, Rotherham, Walsall and six London boroughs.
Steve's research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the organisation and funding of supported housing led to his becoming one of the architects of the Labour Government’s major preventative investment in supported housing for vulnerable people, Supporting People. In 2009 this was evaluated by Cap Gemini and found to be cost-effective to the tune of a billion pounds a year - now ruined - which explains some of the pressure on the NHS. This was followed by work with various bodies on integrated, evidence-based approaches to a strategic shift to prevention and early intervention in health, including a cost-benefit model for resident-led community partnerships to that end.
Steve has written two Thinkpieces for Compass: Dark times for those who cannot work, and Waking up to the cost of inequality. He has published seven collections of poetry since 1980, with readings in several countries and on BBC Radio. You can read more about Steve's poetry at: www.stevegriffithspoet.com.