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25

Mar

Declining incomes and rising poverty: Northern Ireland is falling behind the rest of the UK

Northern Ireland has been hard hit by a weak labour market and growing unemployment, says Adam Tinson. Today is the launch of Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern I…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

28

Feb

The stalled child poverty strategy requires a radical response: the newly-housed homeless show how

Is “a home not a dwelling, sound, affordable and secure” now the rock on which efforts to end child poverty should be built? This was the week when the government was expected fin…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

03

Feb

Scotland must tackle poverty among workless families after referendum

This week we launch the first in a series of three “referendum briefings”. They aim to identify the poverty challenges in Scotland that both sides of the argument need …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

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

12

Dec

Big change in health inequalities in England

Over the last decade, inequalities in life expectancy grew between England’s most deprived and less deprived areas. At the same time, the gap in life expectancy between men and wom…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • 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

20

Nov

The care bill has little to offer those receiving care at home

The government's Caring for our Future consultation gives the clearest picture yet of how the new system of paying for care will work from April 2016. The main change is the introd…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • 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

17

Oct

Is London’s poverty shifting to the suburbs?

In the report we published this week with the Trust for London, we looked at the changing pattern of poverty in the capital. A key finding of the report is that the pattern of…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

13

Sep

Lehman, five years on

Five years ago on Sunday, the American investment bank, Lehman Brothers, was declared bankrupt. Here we take a quick look at some of the economic and social changes since 2008, Fi…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Economic Policy

11

Jul

Towards a better poverty action plan

Last week’s Welsh Government Tackling Poverty Action Plan was a real improvement on the previous version. It actually included some new, specific and targeted action aimed at one o…

  • Author: Victoria Winckler
  • Category: Income and Poverty

05

Jul

Three questions about tackling poverty

The latest version of the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan was published this week. With not one but two Ministers (Jeff Cuthbert and his Deputy Vaughan Gething) no…

  • Author: Victoria Winckler
  • 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

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