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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

17

Jun

Housing benefit cuts in London push low-paid families into poverty

As the latest data shows London’s rents are more than double the national average, our report looks what this means for working and workless poor in the capital and the impac…

  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Apr

The independence referendum debate on housing in Scotland needs to go beyond the so-called 'bedroom tax'

With less than six months until the independence vote, the housing debate in Scotland needs to go beyond abolishing the ‘bedroom tax’ The main focus of the Scottish In…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

15

Apr

The 'safety net' for private renters is shrinking fast

In the third of our safety net series we look at the role housing benefit and how, through a series of subtle changes, the safety net for renters is shrinking fast. There are two …

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

06

Mar

Even working households need help to pay for ‘affordable housing’

Rises in social sector rents undermine work, welfare reform and deficit reduction. The headline finding in last week’s English Housing Survey was that there are now more private r…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

17

Feb

Both the Archbishop and the Minister are right in their argument over welfare reform

In an interview with the Telegraph , Archbishop Vincent Nichols portrays the government’s programme of welfare reform as having “torn apart” the “basic safe…

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

15

Jan

Poverty and Inequality in London

This presentation gives an overview of some of the key changes in poverty patterns across London. The analysis looks at a range of indicators for London, how they have changed over…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

05

Nov

Are housing costs really rising?

Last week's ONS figures pointed to something very important about the developing “cost of living crisis” – but the message is not quite what it seemed at first sight. The figures …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

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

05

Sep

Is Universal Credit worth saving?

The National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘Universal Credit: Early Progress’ published today was as damning as is possible for such a report. It criticised the governance, planning an…

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

03

Jul

The least known housing benefit change is having the biggest impact

In 2013, following years of increase, the number of private rented housing benefit claims in Inner London fell whilst in Outer London it continued to grow. Many commentators have a…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • 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

25

Mar

Half the increase in homelessness results from the private rented sector

Last week saw the publication of the latest set of homelessness statistics. The number of households in temporary accommodation in October-December 2012 is 9% up on the same time t…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Feb

Housing, poverty and the private rented sector

Today JRF published a findings paper on the links between housing and poverty. It covers the headline housing and poverty statistics but also the dynamics between housing, work and…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

25

Feb

The poor in London: priced out?

Last week, Darren Johnson, one of the Green Party’s members in the London assembly, claimed that new housing benefit figures showed rising numbers of low income families being pric…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

26

Nov

The private rented sector is now the poverty front line

Today NPI’s 15th annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  To coincide with the report, this week we will be writing a …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

26

Apr

Moving people to Stoke won't be enough to cut the housing benefit bill

This week has seen a rash of news and comment pieces about the plans of some London boroughs to move housing benefit claimants to cheaper parts of the country. This has led to sugg…

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Anushree Parekh
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform