The worrying story about wealth

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.

In sickness and in health: an insurance proposal

The current high levels of sickness and absence from work are unsustainable. There are costs to individuals, businesses and the Government. So why does only 11% of the UK population have any form of income protection insurance and what could an increase in this figure mean for all concerned?

Unlock growth and prosperity with the productivity key

During the recent recession, the low skilled and young adults suffered the most putting an increasing strain on the benefit system. Professor Sir Richard Blundell argues a focus on productivity and tax reform are the key to raising living standards while tax reform needs to address top income inequality.

How are ethnic minority women getting on at work?

When it comes to work, what is the picture when it comes to women from an ethnic minority background and their White counterparts? Are there implications for income and poverty within different ethnic groups and for those battling poverty?

The changing face of child poverty

Family incomes fell during the recession – but the cost of raising a child went up. How have the lives of the poorest families been affected, and how are they coping now? Donald Hirsch says new research will help provide some of the answers.

All in it together?

Poorer groups have been worst affected by changes to direct taxes, benefits and tax credits despite the Coalition’s promise that the rich would carry the burden of austerity, a group of major new reports from LSE suggests. As a result, poverty has been increasing and will get worse in the next five years.

Domestic labour and inequality

A new study based on data from 74 countries suggests the employment of domestic workers is higher in societies where income inequality is high. Is a recent surge in domestic work in Europe linked to increased inequality?