The decision of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRRT) to provide financial assistance to Alistair Carmichael MP in relation to the recent court case brought by four of his constituents has understandably proved to be controversial.
However, the non-charitable JRRT continues to be confused with the charitable Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Whilst JRF has released a statement pointing out that these are wholly separate and independent organisations, there have been claims made on social media that the JRF is now “tainted”, simply because it shared same benefactor who died 91 years ago.
As academics at Scottish universities, we wish to make clear the value of JRF to research and policy development in Scotland. JRF is a major funder of research on poverty, housing, neighbourhoods and other aspects of social policy. It plays a vital role in providing politically impartial analysis, and helps to counter the London-centric nature of debate emanating from many…
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