Can unemployment seriously affect your health? There is growing evidence to suggest that it does. The recession may be over but the impacts of long term unemployment are yet to emerge.
Welfare and work
Many pregnant teenagers and young mothers have become disengaged from mainstream education which leaves them vulnerable and dependent upon the welfare benefits system. Re-engagement with education in a vocational setting can help them to restore a sense of self worth, and self confidence.
A new report tells the stories of 20 people living in poverty, struggling against the odds – as well as hardening attitudes and a lack of understanding of their lives – and calls urgently for change.
Women in the Boardroom and in other positions of power are still outnumbered by three or four to one. John Edmonds and Eva Tutchell argue in a new book that the next government needs to adopt a more radical and wide-ranging programme to achieve gender equality.
Changing the way in which disability benefits are delivered to older people is designed to improve the health and social care system. However, new evidence suggests that it could make matters worse.
Young men who come from workless households are less likely to find a job or earn as much as their peers. This is especially true for young men from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Are the robots taking all the middle jobs? New research looking at the hollowing out of the UK job market shows the hourglass employment picture being painted might not be as clear cut as some think.
How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Evidence from Germany suggests that disadvantaged young people fare less well than their peers during recessions.
The wealth gap rose during the last downturn. The young and those less well off now face many challenges both in terms of rebuilding their finances and saving for the future.
With the UK emerging from the recession, hopes for economic growth are pinned on increases in consumer spending. But can all of us afford to spend? New research sheds some light on the issue.