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06

Mar

Even working households need help to pay for ‘affordable housing’

Rises in social sector rents undermine work, welfare reform and deficit reduction. The headline finding in last week’s English Housing Survey was that there are now more private r…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

17

Feb

Both the Archbishop and the Minister are right in their argument over welfare reform

In an interview with the Telegraph , Archbishop Vincent Nichols portrays the government’s programme of welfare reform as having “torn apart” the “basic safe…

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

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

10

Jan

Welfare reform: playing it straight, not playing it tough

‘Tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill’ was how Rachel Reeves positioned herself and Labour when she was appointed Shadow Secretary of Sta…

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

08

Jan

Faith in simple reform is damaging the welfare state

With an annual budget last year of more than £220 billion, stewardship of social security is one of any government's greatest responsibilities. Many things could be said about how …

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

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

23

Oct

Living within the benefit cap in Haringey

As government is forced to defend the lack of savings from the overall benefit cap on the basis that aims to returns fairness to the system, we consider what the budget really is l…

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

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

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

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

20

May

April's welfare changes - the cumulative impacts

With cuts to various benefits starting to hit and other major welfare changes looming, 2013 marks a particularly pivotal moment in the history of the welfare state.  As such, the 2…

  • Authors: Sabrina Bushe, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

09

Apr

The lessons of 'Black April'

Over the last week, the NPI blog has been examining the merits of this April’s package of benefit reforms without relying on the fact that their adverse impacts are usually restric…

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

08

Apr

DLA and PIP: how not to cut

Over the past few days, we have been assessing the benefit changes coming into effect this April but without criticising them simply because they hit people who are poor or disadva…

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

05

Apr

The untold story of April's welfare changes

A great deal of attention has been paid to the many individual changes to social security that are taking place this month. Not known are the combined impacts – when individuals an…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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

03

Apr

The great shame of the bedroom tax is that it is a missed opportunity

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

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • 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