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.
the Houses of Parliament

The Chancellor must deliver a Budget for low income families

With child poverty rates forecast to skyrocket, we ask the Chancellor to cut no more support for low income families

11 Mar 2016
A family sit at home and make biscuits

Early intervention funding faces 70% cut

Our new report with Action for Children and The National Children’s Bureau highlights major cuts to funding for early intervention services - our interactive map breaks down the changes across England

1 Mar 2016
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Mapped: Families that will be affected by four-year benefit freeze

The current and previous Government have introduced a wide range of measures that will affect family incomes up to 2020. In some cases, these will increase household incomes. In other cases they will significantly reduce them.

23 Feb 2016
A man holds cards about child poverty as though they were part of a magic trick

Lords vote to keep reporting on child poverty

The House of Lords have voted to keep measuring child poverty following our campaign.

27 Jan 2016
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Addressing obesity through school meals

We recommend that the Government explore whether any proceeds from a sugar tax could be reinvested in the provision of healthy free school meals for low income families.

20 Jan 2016
The Queen giving her speech with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side

Will young people be remembered in the Queen’s Speech?

The Queen’s Speech is the Government’s chance to set out how they will help vulnerable children over the next five years

26 May 2015