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08

Feb

The ‘Shared Society’ must learn from the mistakes of the Life Chances Agenda

In December, the Guardian reported that the oft-heralded “Life Chances” agenda was being dropped by Theresa May in favour of a strategy to help a broader group of working class fam…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

07

Dec

In work poverty: what it is, what it isn’t, why it matters

In work poverty: what it is, what it isn’t, why it matters Nothing in Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion – the 19th annual report is published today by the Joseph…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

26

Oct

The other side of London’s success

Last week’s London’s Poverty Profile shows poverty continuing to change in London, with growing in-work poverty and housing stress, even with a labour market recovery. …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

24

Sep

The good and the bad of Labour’s minimum wage plan

Though no panacea for working poverty, a higher national minimum wage is probably right. But Ed Miliband’s announcement that Labour would dictate such an outcome is certainly wrong…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

07

May

Do public services work for low income working households?

There's nothing new about some working people having so little money that they are counted as being in in-work poverty. Even 20 years ago, when unemployment was at record levels, 4…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Services

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

18

Dec

Choice is such a good idea - workers should have it too

Last week, a government minister said something very interesting highlighting the fact that even low paid workers have a choice when it comes to getting a job. At the start of t…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

11

Dec

A stronger jobs market is vital to tackle in-work poverty

This week’s Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2013 report is the first in a number of years to contain good news about the labour market. The unemployment rate is down on 201…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

09

Dec

The many faces of UK poverty

Yesterday, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published our annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report, tracking changes in poverty across a range of indicators such as low …

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Income and Poverty

29

Nov

Inspiring change - some lessons from Wales

The Bevan Foundation, as part of this year’s Monitoring Poverty in Wales 2013 project, has compiled examples of the good work being carried out by a range of organi…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

19

Sep

Monitoring Poverty in Wales

Today marks the launch of Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2013 report, our biennial report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  Almost a quarter - 23% - …

  • Category: Income and Poverty

28

Jun

The living wage can help in-work poverty

Poverty is all-too widespread in Wales. There are families in almost every community who have nothing set aside for emergencies, who cannot afford to buy school uniforms for their …

  • Author: Amber Courtney
  • Category: Income and Poverty

24

Jun

Poverty in Wales - what happens now?

Looking at the headline statistics it appears as though poverty levels in Wales are stagnating.Since touching a low of 22% in 2005, the proportion of people in Wales on a low inc…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

06

Jun

What to look for in the poverty statistics

Next Thursday, the DWP releases its annual Households Below Average Income publication. It is the most reliable source of data on household incomes, income inequality and poverty. …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

23

May

Wage squeeze means work pays less and less

Figures released last week showed that wages, once adjusted for inflation, are now back to the level last seen at the beginning of the last decade. For people in some industries, n…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

07

Dec

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK 2010

The fall in child poverty in the first year of the recession shows how big an impact tax credits and benefits can make in the short term – while the rise and rise of in-work povert…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Anushree Parekh, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty