Joseph Rowntree Foundation

As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear ‘Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

Lynn Williams | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Lynn Williams

For the sake of the many families I know, I hope that this crucial and heart-breaking report from JRF shocks politicians into action. No government - national or local - can claim the moral or policy high ground. Inaction is not an option - yet for those families struggling with the costs described above, hope is in short supply.

Millions of 'Just About Managing' Families Are At Risk Of Falling Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Politics

Millions of families are at risk of falling into poverty as prices rise faster than wages, a leading think tank warned in a report published on Wednes...

The Waugh Zone December 7, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, December 7… 1) DEVILLED DETAIL With Theresa May in the Gulf, and no deputy ‘First Secretary o...

These Three Graphs Show Everything That's Wrong With How We Deal With Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK

Britain’s failure to tackle poverty is costing the country billions across the board, a report has shown, as campaigners call for “real action” ...

Who Are the UK's 1.25million Destitute People?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Chris Mould

The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.

Does 'Doing the Right Thing' Now Mean Both Parents Working Full Time?

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

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.

How to Better Spend £2.7billion?

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

Raising the personal tax threshold is a flagship policy for the coalition government, one that is presented as a policy to help low earning families. But if the goal is to put cash in the pockets of the working poor, there are some other ideas the Chancellor should consider.

Is Help for Last-Time Buyers the Solution to the Housing Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Prudential says that two-fifths of homeowners aged over 55 are looking to downsize. Will the government come up with a 'Help to move' package to make it happen? And will planners and developers create the housing options that older people want?

'Hard Work Is Not Working'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK

A shocking report has revealed that most people classed as living in poverty have jobs. For the first time, there are more working families living ...

Social Mobility: We Must Rout Poor Jobs Before We Tackle Child Poverty

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

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.

Jessica Elgot

The Rise Of The Working Poor | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

The dire state of low pay in parts of Britain has been laid bare, with new statistics showing more working families in Wales are living in poverty tha...

Abolish the Bedroom Tax?

Kathleen Kelly | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kathleen Kelly

It's no surprise that media coverage of the UN Special Rapporteur's press conference today has leapt on a recommendation to abolish the spare room subsidy, also referred to as the 'bedroom tax'. If only it were all that simple...

We Need Growing Numbers of Good Jobs to Tackle In-Work Poverty, Not Just Any Old Jobs

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

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.

Prices Outpace Pay: People Need to Earn More Just to Stand Still

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

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.

Living Standards 'Much Worse Than Official Figures Suggest'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

The minimum cost of living has soared by one quarter since the economic downturn and the true inflationary pressures on many households are much worse...

Worklessness Is Driven by Decayed Job Markets, Not the People Out of Work

Chris Goulden | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Goulden

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.

'I Have Nothing Against One Direction'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Vince Cable has been forced to issue an embarrassing clarification after appearing to criticise pop group One Direction for earning too much money. ...

One Direction's Earnings 'Gross And Immoral'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Vince Cable attacked the earnings of One Direction as he unveiled new minimum wage increases, calling the pop band's £5m earnings "gross and immoral....

Government Looks To Cut Or Freeze Minimum Wage

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics

Government plans to freeze or cut the minimum wage have been criticised by anti-poverty campaigners, economists and ministers after Downing Street adm...

Budget 2013: It's Time for an Anti-Poverty Budget to Emerge From the Red Box

Julia Unwin | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

We all know that the Chancellor has limited room for manoeuvre. All the signs are this is going to be a cautious budget, maintaining the overall direction of government policy.

The Beveridge Legacy

Alison Garnham | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

Beveridge pointed the way to mutual support and pooling risk - principles we should return to if we truly intend to be all in it together.

Fixing the Jobs Market a Must if We're to Overcome the Scourge of In-work Poverty

Aleks Collingwood | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Aleks Collingwood

The six million people in poverty in working households show that at the moment, work is not the route out of poverty - so something needs to be done to ensure that it is.

Number Of Working Poor Exceeds Rate Of Unemployed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Dina Rickman | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

The number of working people living in poverty has outstripped the number of those who are unemployed and poor, according to a new report. The Jose...

'A Thankless Task'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

A report by a leading social policy charity has said young job hunters face a "thankless task" in a "dog-eat-dog" market. Poor wages, a shortage of...

Families Face 'Monumental' Struggle To Get By

PA | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK

Families have been hit by soaring transport and childcare costs, leaving them with a "monumental" task of trying to earn enough to get by, according t...