Over on the main Help Me Investigate blog there’s a review of what we did across the four HMI sites in 2013, including HMI Welfare:
“Help Me Investigate Welfare began looking at zero hour contracts at the start of 2013 before it hit the mainstream news agenda, as Danielle Hudspith reported on the Number of employees on zero hour contracts doubling in 6 years. We were also investigating thebedroom tax early, with Abbey Hartley, Enya Quin and Daniel Jones looking at the potential impact in March with the Birmingham Mail and writing a fuller report in ‘The Bedroom Tax in Birmingham: no place to go‘
“We worked with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to scrape data on payday lenders, with housing charity Shelter on the changing housing sector, and spoke at a workshop organised by London charities on welfare reform.
“In July the DWP changed its “open data” tool StatXplore after Help Me Investigate raised concerns“
Read it in full here (the review also talks about the plan to focus on welfare in 2014).