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19

Feb

Unemployment is down, but what about underemployment?

Today’s labour market statistics are a little unclear at first glance - unemployment was down on the quarter, but higher than last month, while earnings are rising faster, but stil…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

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

28

Nov

Autumn Statement: is the government really in control?

George Osborne will certainly find next week’s Autumn Statement an easier ride than in 2011 or 2012. In the past two years, the opposition charge that his austerity had caused grow…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

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

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

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

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

13

Jun

A depressing set of poverty statistics

Today the DWP published the most recent set of income and poverty statistics for the UK. They make quite depressing reading. Median incomes fell by 3% between 2010/11 and 2011/12, …

  • 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

17

Apr

Unemployment up, inactivity down

The big headline from the most recent labour market statistics was a rise in unemployment. At the same time, though, levels of inactivity have fallen to their lowest since the 1990…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

19

Mar

London's booming - the capital is no longer the UK's unemployment hotspot

Last week, the Office for National Statistics released its estimates of economic growth across the regions and countries of the UK. Accompanying these stats was an infographic show…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay