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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

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

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

15

Jan

Poverty and Inequality in London

This presentation gives an overview of some of the key changes in poverty patterns across London. The analysis looks at a range of indicators for London, how they have changed over…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • 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

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

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

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

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

26

Jul

Deprivation, gender and health inequalities in England

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics released its most recent data on inequality in life expectancy in England. The data shows that that between 2001-2004 and 2007-2010 ave…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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