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Gender and poverty: what should be done?

Looking at poverty through a gender lens should make a difference to the way relevant policies are designed, implemented and analysed, according to a new evidence review. Fran Bennett, one of the report’s authors, discusses the issues.

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Recession and food inequality

Households cut back food spending during the recession, according to research presented today. The findings from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS)were discussed at a workshop on income inequality during austerity.

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Extremism and faith communities

The Government believes  faith communities can play an important role in tackling extremism. They can help ‘lead the challenge to an ideology that purports to provide theological justification for terrorism.’ The recent fatwa issued against Isis, backed by many British Imams, is an example of how they provide this challenge through a moral leadership role. […]

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Migration: what has been its impact on low-skilled employment?

In 2013 there were around 13 million people in low-skilled jobs in the UK, of whom 2 million were born abroad, according to a report from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee. But as migrants have moved into unskilled work UK-born workers have moved into more highly-skilled occupations, the committee found.

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Should universities take school performance into account?

With exam results out soon and discussions about the future of GCSEs and A-levels continuing, new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, published by the Department for Education, investigates the role played by secondary schools in explaining whether students go to university and how well they do once there.