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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

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

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

01

May

A little more income doesn't go a long way in retirement housing

As part of the Hanover@50 debate about the future of housing for older people which launched last week, the Fabian Society considered the implications of increasing incomes among o…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

04

Apr

The overall benefits cap - more politics than policy

This week, we are posting a series of blogs that look at the main changes to social security benefits introduced this ‘Black April’. Today we are looking at the overall benefit ca…

  • Authors: Adam Tinson, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

02

Apr

Council Tax Support is a bad reform not just because it hits the poor

This week, in a series of blogs, we are looking at the five main changes to social security benefits being introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

01

Apr

It is not enough to oppose these reforms simply because they hit the poor

We spent last week publicising our JRF-published report on council tax support. Summarising what we had found about each of the 326 English local authority schemes, it attracted a …

  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

28

Mar

Council Tax Support: postcode poverty

Today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes research conducted by the New Policy Institute on the localisation of Council Tax Benefit. In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit will be…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

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

28

Feb

Housing, poverty and the private rented sector

Today JRF published a findings paper on the links between housing and poverty. It covers the headline housing and poverty statistics but also the dynamics between housing, work and…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

17

Jan

Income poverty and material deprivation in the UK: an EU comparison

Today the ONS published its analysis of EU poverty data. At first glance, it seems to show that the only parts of Europe with higher levels of poverty are the accession states and …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

20

Dec

A decade undone in a year?

Last week DCLG released its figures for the Indices of Economic Deprivation for England from 1999 to 2009. The figures provide a limited time series counterpart to the Indices of M…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

30

Nov

Welfare reform making poor people poorer

Every year, the New Policy Institute produces a comprehensive overview of patterns and trends in poverty and social exclusion for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In this, our fifte…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

29

Nov

Do we need another poverty measure?

The measurement and definition of poverty is back in the news this week. One week after the Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith, launched a consultation to find “better” measures…

  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Children and Young Adults

27

Nov

Why the poverty rate can be misleading for disability

This year, for the first time, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion featured a chapter on disability. This forced us to think about how we measure poverty among disabled people …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

26

Nov

The private rented sector is now the poverty front line

Today NPI’s 15th annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  To coincide with the report, this week we will be writing a …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

08

Nov

The real benefit of the living wage

The new living wage figure, of £7.45 per hour (£8.55 in London) was announced on Monday, to kick off Living Wage Week. The new figure is 20% higher than the minimum wag…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

13

Sep

A tax for the poorest which flies in the face of universal credit too

While Universal Credit is dominating the welfare debate, the replacement for council tax benefit – the most widely claimed means tested benefit – goes largely unnoticed. A key reas…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax