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11

Jul

Record levels of JSA sanctions: before the regime gets really tough

Much of the discussion of welfare reform, from us and others, centres on the headline changes - for instance, the introduction of the bedroom tax or the benefit cap. Much less is w…

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

20

May

April's welfare changes - the cumulative impacts

With cuts to various benefits starting to hit and other major welfare changes looming, 2013 marks a particularly pivotal moment in the history of the welfare state.  As such, the 2…

  • Authors: Sabrina Bushe, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

17

May

Social security is not just for the unemployed

Deafened by the interminable call for reforms to ‘make work pay’, it’s easy to forget that plenty of families receiving state benefits are already working. Our report for JRF tries…

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

01

May

We need more retirement-friendly housing, not more 'retirement housing'

Last week, Alex Morton from Policy Exchange argued that "more homes, tailored to the needs of older homeowners, will help free up family-sized properties for the younger generation…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

01

May

A little more income doesn't go a long way in retirement housing

As part of the Hanover@50 debate about the future of housing for older people which launched last week, the Fabian Society considered the implications of increasing incomes among o…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

09

Apr

The lessons of 'Black April'

Over the last week, the NPI blog has been examining the merits of this April’s package of benefit reforms without relying on the fact that their adverse impacts are usually restric…

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

08

Apr

DLA and PIP: how not to cut

Over the past few days, we have been assessing the benefit changes coming into effect this April but without criticising them simply because they hit people who are poor or disadva…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

05

Apr

The untold story of April's welfare changes

A great deal of attention has been paid to the many individual changes to social security that are taking place this month. Not known are the combined impacts – when individuals an…

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

04

Apr

The overall benefits cap - more politics than policy

This week, we are posting a series of blogs that look at the main changes to social security benefits introduced this ‘Black April’. Today we are looking at the overall benefit ca…

  • Authors: Adam Tinson, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

03

Apr

The great shame of the bedroom tax is that it is a missed opportunity

This week, we are posting a series of blogs that look at the main changes to social security benefits introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income house…

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

02

Apr

Council Tax Support is a bad reform not just because it hits the poor

This week, in a series of blogs, we are looking at the five main changes to social security benefits being introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

28

Mar

Council Tax Support: postcode poverty

Today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes research conducted by the New Policy Institute on the localisation of Council Tax Benefit. In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit will be…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

05

Mar

Transitional grant for local council tax support schemes: too little, too late?

Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis, announced today that all councils that bid for transitional grant funding to assist in the first year of running council tax support will …

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

09

Jan

Benefits uprating - oppose the Bill, defend the principle

The wording of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which limits the annual increases in tax credits and most working-age social security benefits to 1% in both 2014 and 2015, is ut…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

03

Dec

The implications of a freeze on benefits

It has been widely rumoured that the Chancellor will announce in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday that the value of some benefits will be frozen to reduce the public sector defici…

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

30

Nov

Welfare reform making poor people poorer

Every year, the New Policy Institute produces a comprehensive overview of patterns and trends in poverty and social exclusion for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In this, our fifte…

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

28

Nov

70 years on, we've never been further away from Beveridge?

For those people celebrating the 70th anniversary of his report this week, the reality is that we have never been further away from Beveridge than we are now. Another graph from th…

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

27

Nov

Why the poverty rate can be misleading for disability

This year, for the first time, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion featured a chapter on disability. This forced us to think about how we measure poverty among disabled people …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

17

Sep

Is retirement housing affordable? How can anyone tell?

Today JRF publish the findings of our latest report. The research aim was to find out if retirement housing was realistically affordable for older people. Our main obstacle was the…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

29

Jun

Poverty, social exclusion and an independent Scotland

This week, the former chancellor Alistair Darling launched the campaign against Scottish independence, Better Together. So it was a good time for us to begin work on our latest rep…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty