George Osborne's Summer Budget changed the course of future living standards for low income families. New analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Loughborough University reveals the radical impact that the mix of wage rises, tax changes and welfare reform will have on people's ability to afford a decent standard of living.
The government must make in-work poverty more central to its efforts to tackle child poverty. This is one of the most striking and important conclusions in the wide ranging report published today by the Government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission. The report assesses government progress on tackling child poverty and social mobility, and identifies areas where activity needs to be stepped up.
The report from the TUC tells us that four in five of the jobs created over the last three years are in low paying sectors. Indeed, retail and residential care have been the two biggest contributors of new jobs. Now, it's important to note that not all of these jobs will be low paying but the chances are the majority of them will be. This is bad news.
At this point, the government's response is usually to point to the raising of the income tax threshold, as a key policy helping to address the cost of living. This has undoubtedly eased the pressure for those households that have benefitted, but sadly any benefit that would be felt has been completely wiped out by rising costs and cuts to benefits and tax credits.
Statistics brought together by the Centre for Social Justice in their press release today show that in the UK there are 6.8m people living in homes where no-one has a job. There are major concentrations of worklessness in some areas of Wales and Birmingham, for example. This scale and the inequality are clearly matters of deep concern.