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03

Nov

Poverty has not left east London, but it has changed

One of the big changes in this year’s London’s Poverty Profile is around the “good news” – falling numbers of people claiming out of work benefits, rising numbers of people in work…

  • Category: Income and Poverty

26

Jun

Councils need to think about how to mitigate sanctions

This week we released our new report which charts the growth of benefit sanctions in Great Britain over the last number of years. In 2014, there were some 686,000 benefit sanctions…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

20

Apr

Taxing disability benefits is plain wrong

Noting that many disability benefit recipients are in the top half of the income distribution as a justification for taxing them betrays a misunderstanding of the purpose of these …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

09

Apr

What is the future of Council Tax Support?

In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was replaced with 326 local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes in England while funding for CTS from central government was cut by 10%. Every…

  • Author: Theo Barry Born
  • Category: Council Tax

26

Nov

While the number of benefit claimants is falling, flaws are emerging in the system

Welfare reform has been one of the most controversial parts of the coalition government’s reform programme since coming to power in 2010. A New Policy Institute report&n…

  • Author: Theo Barry Born
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

01

Oct

Working-age benefits should be linked to earnings – always

George Osborne’s announcement that working-age benefits are to be frozen from April 2016 can be defended on grounds of both pragmatism and principle. Principles, however, are not j…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

16

Jul

Disabled people need to be at the centre of any attempt to tackle poverty

Yesterday we launched our evidence review on disability, long term conditions and poverty at the All Party Parliamentary Group on disability. Produced alongside Disability Rights U…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

30

Jun

This year's poverty numbers are interesting, but next year's matter more

Tomorrow DWP publish the latest official poverty numbers, but politicians, commentators and voters take note: they will reflect the year 2012/13 – before the main benefit cuts were…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

24

Apr

No easy way out on welfare reform for Northern Ireland

The arithmetic of welfare reform does not offer the Northern Ireland Assembly a way to avoid difficult decisions The political debate on welfare reform continues in Northern Irela…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

22

Apr

Welfare reforms have cut the 'safety net' for 1.75 million families

The last in our 'safety net’ blog series, this blog looks at how many families have an income below the ‘safety net’ as a result of welfare reforms. Research released this week by…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

07

Apr

Is there still a safety net and, if so, what is it?

On the day when those claiming social security benefits see an annual increase in the money they get, we launch a series of blogs looking at what is happening to the 'safety net'. …

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

02

Apr

Why the poorest households face a council tax bill increase five times the average

Poorer families could face year-on-year cuts in the safety net following changes to Council Tax Support. New research by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundatio…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

26

Mar

Council tax held down for all but the poor

As the government boasts that it has held down council tax increases for a fourth year in a row, it’s ignoring the council tax hikes faced by millions of low income households. Th…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

30

Jan

Should the UK have a Secretary of State for Reducing Poverty?

Rich Watts recently made the argument on the Arbitrary Constant blog that the abolition of the Department for Work and Pensions should be considered. The Centre for Welfare Reform …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

08

Jan

Faith in simple reform is damaging the welfare state

With an annual budget last year of more than £220 billion, stewardship of social security is one of any government's greatest responsibilities. Many things could be said about how …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

07

Nov

Are sanctions driving people off JSA?

The figures on the number of sanctions imposed on recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) published today by the Department for Work show that 420,000 people had their JSA …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

23

Oct

Living within the benefit cap in Haringey

As government is forced to defend the lack of savings from the overall benefit cap on the basis that aims to returns fairness to the system, we consider what the budget really is l…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

14

Oct

Big changes in London poverty patterns

Today, Trust for London published our London Poverty Profile 2013; the fourth in series of reports looking at a range of indicators of poverty and disadvantage. These include low i…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

03

Oct

Heat or eat?

Patrick Butler’s recent Guardian article, drawing on testimonies of people in Liverpool forced to choose whether to go without meals or heating, is extraordinary. No doubt the stor…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty