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What to expect from record year of privatisations

The current financial year looks like being the biggest year for privatisations on record. What can we expect?

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The chart that shows how much debt Tories will pile onto students

The chart that shows how much debt Tories will pile onto students | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Conservatives say they’re committed to widening access in higher education and that anyone with the ability to succeed should have the opportunity to participate – regardless of their background or ability to pay.

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We must rethink society to be fair to all age groups

We must rethink society to be fair to all age groups | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the budget favours older people, young workers and families deserve the same chances

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Majority of poor children live in working families, IFS study finds

Majority of poor children live in working families, IFS study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research says tax and benefits policies will directly increase inequality, undermining government’s ‘work your way out of poverty’ mantra

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'There’s never any money left': threat of welfare cuts alarms Blackburn families

'There’s never any money left': threat of welfare cuts alarms Blackburn families | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Wednesday’s budget is expected to include sweeping cuts to child and working tax credits, leaving families dependent on them anxious about the future

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Tax bill on UK homes with full-time mums is highest in the West

Tax bill on UK homes with full-time mums is highest in the West | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charity CARE said households where one parent works and the other looks after children have been heavily penalised since David Cameron first entered Downing Street.

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Is This David Cameron's Cunning Plan To Cut Child Poverty?

Is This David Cameron's Cunning Plan To Cut Child Poverty? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron has signalled the end of the current child poverty target, claiming that it distorts what the Government is doing to help those in need.


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'Deep concern' about anti-poverty progress in Wales

'Deep concern' about anti-poverty progress in Wales | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A lack of progress in tackling poverty in Wales is of "deep concern," say assembly members, who accuse ministers of being ineffective.

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Nicola Sturgeon backs fiscal autonomy as SNP MP warns of 'disaster'

Nicola Sturgeon backs fiscal autonomy as SNP MP warns of 'disaster' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The First Minister tells US television Scotland could 'shoulder' the cost of fiscal autonomy after Tommy Sheppard, an SNP MP, says it would be 'silly' to get rid of the Barnett formula straightaway.

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Families feel benefits of recovery but trade deficit remains 'economic time bomb'

Families feel benefits of recovery but trade deficit remains 'economic time bomb' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Low inflation to boost real wage growth this year, although BCC flags concerns over widening trade deficit

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Nearly half disability benefit claimants have a mental illness

Nearly half disability benefit claimants have a mental illness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights the 'dramatic' rise in the number of people claiming disability benefit because they have a mental illness
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Poorer children fall behind in literacy and earn less in later life, study says

Poorer children fall behind in literacy and earn less in later life, study says | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Campaigners call for all nurseries to have an early-years trained graduate as children from disadvantaged families often fall behind at an early age

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies, using data from the British Cohort Study, also funded by the ESRC.

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The war against humanities at Britain's universities

The war against humanities at Britain's universities | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Our universities are squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of lecturers and focusing on the ‘profitable’ areas of science, tech and maths. Could the humanities be wiped out?
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Will replacing student maintenance grants with loans deter young people from university?

Will replacing student maintenance grants with loans deter young people from university? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Government has admitted that it did not investigate whether its controversial decision to replace student maintenance grants with loans would deter young people from poor backgrounds from going to university.

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Poorest graduates 'will owe £53,000' after grants cut

Poorest graduates 'will owe £53,000' after grants cut | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis of changes to student finance forecasts higher debts for poorer student, but savings for the government.

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Should we pay a minimum wage or a living income?

Should we pay a minimum wage or a living income? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Cutting tax credits and raising the minimum wage puts the onus of income on having a job - jobs which are increasingly at risk

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Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut

Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The cuts have already come.

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Budget 2015: Why are we having another Budget?

Budget 2015: Why are we having another Budget? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

George Osborne will deliver a Budget on Wednesday 8 July, less than four months after he delivered the last one.

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David Cameron discusses changing child poverty target

David Cameron discusses changing child poverty target | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Tories’ manifesto commits the Government 'to eliminate child poverty and introduce better measures to drive real change in children’s lives, by recognising the root causes of poverty.

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Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’

Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New figures expected to show clear increase in child poverty, as charities blame bedroom tax and benefit cuts

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Britain has 1% of world population but spends 7% of all benefits

Britain has 1% of world population but spends 7% of all benefits | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Chancellor insisted that the current benefits system is 'completely unsustainable' and changes were needed to make it fairer to working people who pay tax to fund the welfare state.

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It shouldn't matter what time of year children are born

It shouldn't matter what time of year children are born | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new report shows that summer-born children are left behind in the classroom. We need to rethink how we measure attainment at school

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NHS cannot take more cuts to social care, say healthcare leaders

NHS cannot take more cuts to social care, say healthcare leaders | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Poll of senior NHS professionals finds 99 per cent believe cuts to social care funding are putting pressure on the health service

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Free nursery places 'make no academic difference'

Free nursery places 'make no academic difference' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Free nursery places for three-year olds have helped mothers back to work, but have made "no difference" to academic performance later on, researchers claim.
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Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories?

Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Five years into the job, Marc Bolland cannot afford to disappoint again. If the latest uptick proves another false start he’ll be out on his ear.

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