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07

Dec

The localisation of Council Tax Support: autonomy constrained

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) will be replaced with Council Tax Support (CTS). This marks one of the most significant reforms of the welfare system for sixty years. Unli…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

21

Mar

How do you cut (another) £10bn from welfare?

One intriguing part of today's budget was something the Chancellor only hinted at. The next spending review will look to cut £10bn off the welfare budget. But how?Today’s budget wa…

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

08

Mar

Changes to Working Tax Credit: making work pay less

Changes to entitlement to Working Tax Credit (WTC) for couple families with children will mean that some families are better off out of work than in work. It will also push familie…

  • Author: Anushree Parekh
  • 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

15

Nov

Unfair changes to Employment and Support Allowance

New research from the CRESR estimates that 1 million people will be forced to find work due to changes to incapacity benefits.  In a labour market short of several million jobs, th…

  • Authors: Anushree Parekh, Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

20

Oct

London's Poverty Profile

We launched our third London’s Poverty Profile report today. It looks at a range of indicators of poverty and disadvantage, from low income to ill health, covering housing, educati…

  • Author: Anushree Parekh
  • Category: Income and Poverty

11

Oct

Duncan Smith loses war on poverty

Poverty forecasting is a dodgy business but if it must be done, it is best it is done by someone both reputable and competent.  None fits this bill better than the IFS.  …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

11

Oct

Coping on £80 a week

In a recent interview with BBC's Oliver Hides, NPI's Peter Kenway discusses the grossly inadequate social security benefits for working-age adults and how current proposals for wel…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

13

May

Falling child poverty raises questions

The most recent child poverty figures show the success of the previous government's approach. But it also shows the limits. The coalition has identified some weaknesses, but leaves…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Children and Young Adults

07

Feb

Targeting the Educational Maintenance Allowance

Last month parliament voted to scrap the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA). The coalition government wants to replace EMA with something more targeted. Yet EMA is better targ…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Children and Young Adults