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Personal allowance tax increase not a gain for low earners or many women

Personal allowance tax increase not a gain for low earners or many women | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Despite ongoing pressures on the public finances the current government has steadily increased the income tax personal allowance. It is shortly due to be increased to £10,000 on 6th April 2014."


By April 2014, 2.7 million low income individuals have been lifted out of income tax altogether since 2010, and 25.4 million individuals will have benefited from the increases in the income tax-free threshold, according to the government.


However, while these assertions may be true, they do not take account of the distributional impacts on households, and research from the IFS shows that families in the middle to upper household income deciles benefit disproportionately from this policy.

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The IFS receives funding from the ESRC.

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There are easy ways to solve the gender pay gap

There are easy ways to solve the gender pay gap | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Why do British women earn on average 18 per cent less than British men?

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Article about the recent findings published by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Paylesser France's comment, Today, 5:10 AM
good question ? May be it's a political problem ;)
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Gender pay gap must be closed

Gender pay gap must be closed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women are less valuable than men – it’s a fact. Now before you start wishing for the seven rings of Hell to be rained down upon me, please remember that I’m just the messenger here. Instead, I’m afraid you’ll have to vent your wrath on society at large.

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The article discusses new findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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The first step to tackling the gender pay gap is to understand it

The first step to tackling the gender pay gap is to understand it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

“If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man.” So said Theresa May in her first statement as prime minister. She was, sadly, right.

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Comment by Director Paul Johnson on the Institute for Fiscal Studies' latest research findings.

 

IFS is funded by the ESRC.

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Find out how Brummie your surname really is

Find out how Brummie your surname really is | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Experts have devised a new heatmap which reveals just how prevalent your surname is in Birmingham and the West Midlands compared to the rest of Britain

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The research behind the Named website was funded by ESRC.

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Labour accused of 'sneaking out' a major cut to Jobs Growth Wales

Labour accused of 'sneaking out' a major cut to Jobs Growth Wales | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Welsh Government’s flagship job creation programme – Jobs Growth Wales – has quietly halved its subsidy to participating employers from 100% of young people’s wages to 50%.

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The article refers to a report co-written by the ESRC-funded Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

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See how Scouse your surname really is

See how Scouse your surname really is | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers reveal which names are unusually popular on Merseyside.

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This project is funded by the ESRC.

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Flexible working is making us work longer

Flexible working is making us work longer | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Flexible work is on the rise but research shows it often leads to people working longer hours than they would otherwise.
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Author receives funding from the ESRC

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Welcome to City Plaza, Athens: a new approach to housing refugees

Welcome to City Plaza, Athens: a new approach to housing refugees | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A group of activists is seeking to build a special community as an alternative response to the so-called migration crisis.
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Author Professor Vicki Squire is carrying out a study to map the journeys and experiences of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea as part of the ESRC's Mediterranean Migration Research Programme.

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How can care homes ensure a good death for residents?

How can care homes ensure a good death for residents? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research reveals that care home staff, healthcare professionals, residents and their families may not always agree on end-of-life care
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This research was  presented at the Economic and Social Research Council’s National Centre for Research Methods Festival.

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Constituency Labour parties back Jeremy Corbyn by 285 nominations to 53

Constituency Labour parties back Jeremy Corbyn by 285 nominations to 53 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Jeremy Corbyn has won overwhelming backing of local constituency Labour parties (CLP) in his bid for re-election as party leader.

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The article quotes Luke Sibieta of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Breastfeeding more likely after home birth

Breastfeeding more likely after home birth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women are much more likely to breastfeed if they give birth at home, a new Irish study has found.

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The article pulls out findings from the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort study, based at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies

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£4.5M Newton Fund to tackle antimicrobial resistance

£4.5M Newton Fund to tackle antimicrobial resistance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British research councils are attempting to tackle the rising problem of microbial resistance by pumping £4.5m into six research partnerships between the UK and China.

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council will be funded under the Newton Fund - money used to bolster research partnerships between the UK and partner countries.

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The Newton Fund has allocated £4.5 million to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help researchers carry out interdisciplinary projects to tackle antibiotic resistance, to be co-funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
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The benefit to the brain of being bilingual is still a grey area

The benefit to the brain of being bilingual is still a grey area | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Research in north Wales offered a rigorous test of the bilingual advantage hypothesis by comparing bilingual Welsh/English speakers with otherwise very similar monolingual English speakers across a number of age groups. Bilinguals showed no advantages in cognitive reserve or cognitive performance.

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This research was funded by the ESRC.

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How Welsh is your surname? Find out where your name is most popular

How Welsh is your surname? Find out where your name is most popular | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How popular is your name in Wales compared to in the rest of Britain?

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The article highlights a project funded by the ESRC.

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How did your working life change after childbirth?

How did your working life change after childbirth? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
New research shows women still earn 18% less than men – with the disparity widening markedly after having children. Share your experiences
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The gap, down from 23% in 2003 and 28% in 1993, has been highlighted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) - which is funded by the ESRC.

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The cost of motherhood to a woman's career has been revealed

The cost of motherhood to a woman's career has been revealed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Findings indicate wage gap between higher-educated men and women has not changed in almost 20 years

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The findings were compiled from research by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Mothers' pay lags far behind men

Mothers' pay lags far behind men | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women who return to work after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards, says a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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The article explains research findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Tasers inquiry 'urgently needed' say researchers

Tasers inquiry 'urgently needed' say researchers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A robust parliamentary inquiry into the police use of Tasers is urgently needed, a leading body of rights-based agencies said, following the death of Dalian Atkinson for which two West Mercia police officers are under criminal investigation.

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Abi Dymond, an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded researcher at the University of Exeter speaks of importance of training and policies around Tasers.

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Volunteering later in life can ‘enhance mental health and wellbeing’

Becoming a volunteer later on in life can result in good mental health and wellbeing, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham and the University of Southampton.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Third Sector Research Centre

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Gap between graduate and non-graduate wages 'shows signs of waning'

Gap between graduate and non-graduate wages 'shows signs of waning' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
IFS says substantial difference in earnings is likely to decrease in future as more people pursue higher education
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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Nicola Sturgeon rejects warning of 'hard border'  between independent Scotland and UK

Nicola Sturgeon rejects warning of 'hard border'  between independent Scotland and UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed warnings from one of her former ministers that an independent Scotland would face a “
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Professor Michael Keating, director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Constitutional Change, speaks about the English/Scottish border.

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15/08/2016, Today - BBC Radio 4

15/08/2016, Today - BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Jeremy Corbyn says he will create a free at the point of use National Education Service (NES) based on the principles of the NHS to help Britons "from the cradle to the grave" if he becomes prime minister. Luke Sibieta is director of Education and Skills at the IFS.

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Luke Sibieta from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies speaks to John Humphrys from 53:07 to 57:28

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This new political ideology could be the antidote to both Trump and Brexit

This new political ideology could be the antidote to both Trump and Brexit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britons will be forgiven for still being a little anxious over the future of their country after voting to quit the European Union in June.

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The article quotes Jonathan Portes, a research fellow for the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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‘Limited evidence’ that private providers improve quality globally

‘Limited evidence’ that private providers improve quality globally | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
UK should introduce ‘much tighter regulations’ on private colleges, say CGHE researchers
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There is “limited evidence” that the global growth in private higher education has improved the quality of provision or contributed to innovation, according to a report from the Centre for Global Higher Education (funded by the ESRC).

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Who does most of the housework in your house and would that change if your spouse was out of work?

Who does most of the housework in your house and would that change if your spouse was out of work? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When University of Essex researcher Dr Karon Gush started a study into how couples coped with redundancy during the last recession she was particularly interested to see if a long-held theory held true - spouses, usually women, would step in to pick up more work if the main breadwinner lost their job.

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Dr Gush interviewed 17 couples locally and further afield as part of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded study. Working with colleagues James Scott and Heather Laurie, she also used data from Understanding Society.

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