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Oct

Growth in the self-employed sharpens the policy challenges for pensions and poverty

The growth in self-employment, particularly among older working-age adults, and the corresponding drop in self-employment income has consequences for tackling poverty and ensuring …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Work and Pay

25

Aug

Iain Duncan Smith and the misdiagnosis of ESA

Yesterday, in what was billed as a major speech on welfare reform, the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith indicated that the Employment & Support Allowance benefit w…

  • Author: Ceri Hughes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

22

Jun

A rethink on benefit sanctions is long overdue

Last week, we published our report examining the trends in benefit sanctions over the last number of years. There were 686,000 in 2014, the vast majority of which for Jobseeker&rsq…

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

28

Apr

Looking under the bonnet: is the UK economic engine firing on all cylinders?

On the face of it the economy looks to be into a good recovery phase – growth at its highest since 2006, record employment levels and the public sector deficit under half what it w…

  • Category: Economic Policy

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

24

Sep

The good and the bad of Labour’s minimum wage plan

Though no panacea for working poverty, a higher national minimum wage is probably right. But Ed Miliband’s announcement that Labour would dictate such an outcome is certainly wrong…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

16

Sep

Scotland’s future poverty challenges

As the vote and polls have gotten closer, Westminster has promised to give more powers to Scotland even if it remains in the union. But what powers are needed for Scotland to tackl…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

21

May

Labour’s minimum wage plan is a mistake

In promising to subject the Low Pay Commission to central diktat, Ed Miliband risks damaging a body he should cherish. The minimum wage was one of New Labour’s greatest successes.…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

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

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

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

18

Dec

Choice is such a good idea - workers should have it too

Last week, a government minister said something very interesting highlighting the fact that even low paid workers have a choice when it comes to getting a job. At the start of t…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

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