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09

Oct

Growth in the self-employed sharpens the policy challenges for pensions and poverty

The growth in self-employment, particularly among older working-age adults, and the corresponding drop in self-employment income has consequences for tackling poverty and ensuring …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

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

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

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

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

01

Oct

Pushing a group to the front of the jobs queue doesn’t make the queue any shorter

Yesterday the Conservatives announced they were going to get ‘tough’ on long-term unemployment. But choosing a group to target distracts from dealing with the real problem. In sho…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Work and Pay

08

Aug

Full employment as an anti-poverty strategy

The idea of full employment has been making something of a comeback recently, at least in certain circles. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne made a speech rec…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

15

Aug

Unemployment and Underemployment

Today's labour market figures showed a small fall in the number of people unemployed and small rise in the number in employment. At the same time, there have been rises in the numb…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

18

Jul

Who are the new self employed?

This week's Labour Market Statistics show another rise in the number of people in self-employment. It rose by 230,000 in the last year compared to a rise of 130,000 for people in e…

  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, Gillian Taylor
  • Category: Work and Pay

18

May

Rising employment: just not for young people.

This week’s labour market statistics contained a lot of good news. They show unemployment down in the most recent quarter by 45,000 and employment up by 100,000. In fact, there are…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

22

Feb

Working in Local Government: high value jobs with low reward

Today we published a report with Unison showing that people working in local government are far from the stereotypical overpaid bureaucrats. They are often the lowest paid and doin…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Local Government

14

Dec

From full-time work to part-time employment

The latest Labour Market Statistics show a large rise in self employment. This is an intensification of a long term, worrying trend. Today’s labour market statistics contained a lo…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

02

Dec

Was Osborne right on public sector pay?

George Osborne's claims on public sector pay in the Autumn statement do not stand up to scrutiny. In his statement to parliament on 29 November, George Osborne said the follow…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

01

Dec

New national report on poverty

Our latest Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion Report shows that the Government’s anti poverty strategy cannot succeed without the creation of millions of jobs. Worryingly, the…

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

26

Jan

The long term view of economic growth

On the day when the commentators draw extreme conclusions from one quarter of highly provisional GDP data, we look back over 100 quarters to get a sense of the bigger picture. …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy