Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research

Sam Royston
Dr Sam Royston is our Director of Policy and Research. He has led on the charity’s policy work on child poverty. Sam has written extensively about welfare and debt issues from both an academic and policy perspective. Previously Sam has also been a researcher in the Social Policy department at the University of York, and a Welfare Rights adviser at a Citizens Advice Bureau. Sam has written extensively on child poverty issues from both an academic and policy perspective, including leading The Children’s Society’s influential policy work on the future of Free School Meals following the introduction of Universal Credit, and on families facing problem debt.
Young people policy changes

Policy Update: 4 successes in the last few months

Here's a look back on some of our policy successes over the past few months, including better deals for families facing debt, better financial support for care leavers, legal aid for unaccompanied migrant children and more support for vulnerable 16 to 17 year-olds.

30 Oct 2018
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Use our poverty line calculator to track poverty levels since 2000

Our calculator enables you to find the poverty line and related information for a household

6 Oct 2017
Teenage girl wrapped in blanket sitting on sofa

Introduction of '2 child limit' risks cutting support for 3 million children

Today the Government is introducing a new policy limiting Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit, depending on the number of children in the family. We estimate this will affect 3 million children, putting them at risk of illness, poor school results and mental health problems.

6 Apr 2017
Four teenage boys sitting under bridge

Brexit – We must talk about children

As Article 50 is triggered, the government must pay attention to children and young people

29 Mar 2017
Teenage girl sitting by window

Budget 2017: As family budgets are squeezed, problem debt rises

We look at the impact of the budget announcement on low-income families

9 Mar 2017
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Asking the Chancellor for better Budgeting for early help

There is an exceptionally strong case for public services to be based on the principle of intervening early to prevent problems from escalating.

15 Mar 2016