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25

Jun

Response to the latest poverty numbers

The latest official poverty figures for 2013/14 have just been published. In April this year the New Policy Institute published a ‘Nowcasting’ paper in which we looked …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

28

Apr

Looking under the bonnet: is the UK economic engine firing on all cylinders?

On the face of it the economy looks to be into a good recovery phase – growth at its highest since 2006, record employment levels and the public sector deficit under half what it w…

  • Category: Economic Policy

28

Nov

The labour market is failing too many people

On the many of the headline figures, the labour market has turned the corner. Employment is up and all three components of underemployment are falling, as is long-term unemployment…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Work and Pay

20

Oct

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission have offered leadership: who will follow?

Today’s State of the Nation Report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has the potential to be the most important official statement on child poverty since Tony Bla…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

15

Oct

Poverty challenges in a post-referendum Scotland

At the start of the year, NPI produced three short briefing papers for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with the aim of providing some of the facts and trends relating to poverty in…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

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

10

Sep

Government can ensure that the election debate on welfare and tax reform is informed as well as impassioned

The changes to taxes and benefits that came into effect in April 2013 are the Coalition’s most important single package of work and welfare reforms. Some, above all the bedro…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

14

Aug

Poorest still lag far behind despite rising internet use

New data shows a growing proportion of households in Great Britain using the internet, but differences in internet use by income remain stark. Data released last week by the ONS s…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

10

Jun

Work is not enough in the Scottish poverty debate

Today we launch our third and final briefing on Scotland’s poverty challenges for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The series aims to promote the needs of the poorest people on the …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

21

May

Labour’s minimum wage plan is a mistake

In promising to subject the Low Pay Commission to central diktat, Ed Miliband risks damaging a body he should cherish. The minimum wage was one of New Labour’s greatest successes.…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

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

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

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