Dr Sam Royston

Dr Sam RoystonPoverty and early years Policy Adviser

Dr Sam Royston takes our policy lead on poverty and early years issues.  Prior to working at The Children’s Society, Sam worked in a similar role at Family Action. Before that he was a researcher at the University of York, and a welfare rights adviser at Ripon Citizens Advice Bureau.

Sam has a particular focus on the impact of welfare reform on children and families. He led on developing The Children's Society's response to the welfare reform bill as it made its way through parliament in 2011-12, and his analysis of the impact of the benefit cap on children attained particular prominence in the national media.

He has also written extensively about the introduction of the new universal credit benefit system to be introduced from next year, including reports on the impact of the universal credit on disabled children and young carers, and a recent article summarising key issues, published in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.

Areas of expertise

  • Child poverty
  • Welfare Reform (particularly universal credit) 
  • Sure Start children’s centres
  • The Fair and Square free school meals campaign

Recent speaking engagements 

  • All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food
  • Compass Jobs Fair 2012
  • Family and Parenting Institute roundtable on welfare reform
  • Presented evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the universal credit, and the Welfare Reform Bill Committee on the welfare reform bill.

Watch Sam address our Fair and Square research