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Household incomes finally hit pre-crash levels

Household incomes finally hit pre-crash levels | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Household incomes are back to pre-recession levels with the average Briton now receiving £461 a week in wages, pensions and benefits after cash, which is £5 more than last year.

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The article cites report findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Average incomes 'return to pre-recession levels'

Average incomes 'return to pre-recession levels' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Average household incomes have returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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The article cites report findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Thousands more dragged into inheritance tax trap

Thousands more dragged into inheritance tax trap | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The house price increase, the steepest since before the recession, has seen thousands of middle income families dragged into paying inheritance tax and higher rates of stamp duty.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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When times are tough, couples break up

When times are tough, couples break up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The recession has taken a heavy toll on poorer couples and families, according to a large-scale study of how the downturn affected relationships.

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The study, based on the lives of 20 000 people who take part in the academically-run Understanding Society long-term survey, split couples into groups, ranging from those who thrived in the years after the banking collapse in 2008 to those who were forced out of work and into benefit dependency.


Understanding Society is funded by the ESRC.

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Britain's GDP surpasses pre-recession peak

Britain's GDP surpasses pre-recession peak | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The level of UK GDP is approximately 0.2pc above where it was in January 2008, according to The National Institute of Economic and Social Research

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Article cites findings from the National Institute of Economics and Social Research which is part funded by the ESRC.

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Recession may lead to unhealthy diet

Recession may lead to unhealthy diet | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Struggling households are turning to cheaper, fattier food in the wake of the recession, while the quality of produce is plummeting," is the worrying claim in the Metro newspaper

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BBC News at Ten, 04/03/2015

BBC News at Ten, 04/03/2015 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BBC News at Ten

Main story - IFS report regarding income levels since the recession.

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IFS director, Paul Johnson interviewed.

Clip starts at 01:35 and concludes at 04:20

Programme originally aired 04/03/2015


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Wellbeing research: Recessions hurt more than booms help

Busts hurt more than booms help. New lessons for growth policy from global wellbeing surveys.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Economic Performance

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Couples hit hardest by recession are eight times as likely to break up

A study by Relate – Relationships, Recession and Recovery –  shows that couples worst affected by the recession are eight times as likely to suffer relationship breakdown.

The charity analysed data from Understanding Society (the UK's prime longitudinal study) that detailed how people in the UK were affected by the economic downturn from 2009 to 2012. 

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Understanding Society is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Job losses and debts blamed for higher levels of family break-up

Job losses and debts blamed for higher levels of family break-up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

While marriages and partnerships of the better off mainly survived years of economic adversity, those who lost their jobs or fell into debt suffered high levels of family break-up, a study said.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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Recession has led to spending on food falling by 8.5%, say researchers

Recession has led to spending on food falling by 8.5%, say researchers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Families have cut the number of calories they purchase but are buying different, more energy-rich, comestibles
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