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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

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

04

Sep

Why are so many more people now paid below the Living Wage?

The striking headline statistic in today’s report on Low Pay  from the Resolution Foundation was that: 4.8 million Britons (20% of all employees) earn below the Living Wage – a le…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

11

Jul

Record levels of JSA sanctions: before the regime gets really tough

Much of the discussion of welfare reform, from us and others, centres on the headline changes - for instance, the introduction of the bedroom tax or the benefit cap. Much less is w…

  • 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

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

23

May

Wage squeeze means work pays less and less

Figures released last week showed that wages, once adjusted for inflation, are now back to the level last seen at the beginning of the last decade. For people in some industries, n…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

17

May

Social security is not just for the unemployed

Deafened by the interminable call for reforms to ‘make work pay’, it’s easy to forget that plenty of families receiving state benefits are already working. Our report for JRF tries…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • 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

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

15

Aug

Unemployment and Underemployment

Today's labour market figures showed a small fall in the number of people unemployed and small rise in the number in employment. At the same time, there have been rises in the numb…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

18

Jul

Who are the new self employed?

This week's Labour Market Statistics show another rise in the number of people in self-employment. It rose by 230,000 in the last year compared to a rise of 130,000 for people in e…

  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, Gillian Taylor
  • Category: Work and Pay

18

May

Rising employment: just not for young people.

This week’s labour market statistics contained a lot of good news. They show unemployment down in the most recent quarter by 45,000 and employment up by 100,000. In fact, there are…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

14

Dec

From full-time work to part-time employment

The latest Labour Market Statistics show a large rise in self employment. This is an intensification of a long term, worrying trend. Today’s labour market statistics contained a lo…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

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

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