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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

10

Jun

Work is not enough in the Scottish poverty debate

Today we launch our third and final briefing on Scotland’s poverty challenges for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The series aims to promote the needs of the poorest people on the …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

02

Jun

NEET economic inactivity rate lowest on record

Not only has there been a fall in young adult NEETS, the inactivity rate is at its lowest on record Official figures released by the ONS last month show that there are now just u…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Children and Young Adults

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

07

Apr

Is there still a safety net and, if so, what is it?

On the day when those claiming social security benefits see an annual increase in the money they get, we launch a series of blogs looking at what is happening to the 'safety net'. …

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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

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

07

Nov

Are sanctions driving people off JSA?

The figures on the number of sanctions imposed on recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) published today by the Department for Work show that 420,000 people had their JSA …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • 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

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

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

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

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

05

Sep

Is Universal Credit worth saving?

The National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘Universal Credit: Early Progress’ published today was as damning as is possible for such a report. It criticised the governance, planning an…

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

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

03

Jul

The least known housing benefit change is having the biggest impact

In 2013, following years of increase, the number of private rented housing benefit claims in Inner London fell whilst in Outer London it continued to grow. Many commentators have a…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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