Recession Britain

Number below the poverty line continues to rise

In 2012–13, 10.6 million individuals (17%) had a household income below the official absolute poverty line. When incomes are measured after deducting housing costs, however, the number below the poverty line (e.g. below £235 per week for a childless couple) rose by about 600,000 in 2012–13 to 14.6 million (23%). This is about 2.0 million […]

Child poverty targets unnattainable

New research published by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission predicts that government targets for reducing the levels of child poverty by 2020 will be missed by a wide margin. Even in the most optimistic scenario, the research projects that one in five children will be in relative poverty in 2020, compared to 17% […]

The Work Programme; better but still not good enough?

According to The Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion, figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions show that nearly 1 in 4 people taking part in the government Work Programme found a job within 2 years. However, the CESI briefing paper argues that this is slightly below expectations, and points out that the […]

Unpaid work; the norm for young jobseekers?

A team of researchers from the universities of Warwick, Leicester, Aston and the Open University are about to start a large-scale project, Precarious Pathways to Employment for Young People. It will examine the experiences of all young people, not just graduates, from school leaving age upwards and address the question: is unpaid work likely to […]

Council tax debt on the rise

Council tax debt is now the biggest source of personal debt for its clients according to new figures released by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau which also show a steep rise in indebtedness since the second quarter of 2013. More than one in five of its clients are now in arrears on their council tax payments.

Tax and the perception gap

Almost 70% of us believe that the well off pay a larger percentage of their income in tax than those in the lowest income brackets, according to a new survey undertaken for the Equality Trust. The reality is different; a household in the bottom 10% pays 43% of its income in tax whilst average and […]

Fuel poverty; a continuing problem

Data released recently by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that the number of households in fuel poverty fell by 5% in the period 2011-12, to 2.28 million. The average  fuel poverty gap fell by just two pounds to GBP 443 during the same period. Worryingly 41% of all fuel poor households come […]

Child poverty set to top five million by 2020

A combination of cuts to benefits, the rising cost of living and years of flat wages will result in five million children in Britain face being “sentenced to a lifetime of poverty” by 2020 according to new research from Save the Children. It calculated that recent changes to social security have cut the incomes of the […]