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IFS sounds alarm on Government-led inequality

IFS sounds alarm on Government-led inequality | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Sky's Ed Conway outlines pressure on Philip Hammond to ensure next week's Budget provides more help for 'Jams'.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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We must beware dangers of denying our children the path to a better life

We must beware dangers of denying our children the path to a better life | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Sometimes a single number just stops you in your tracks. Here’s one that stopped me. Children born into the highest-income 1 per cent of households in the United States are more than 50 time

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Paul Johnson is director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Law graduates face huge gulf in pay levels

Junior doctors have taken to the picket lines in a pitched battle with ministers over contracts for weekend working, but here’s an odd thing — when it comes to starting salaries, at least

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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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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UK household incomes near pre-banking crisis levels

UK household incomes near pre-banking crisis levels | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Institute for Fiscal Studies report finds that falls in inflation and unemployment, together with modest wage rises, have raised household spending power

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

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Tax rises and benefit cuts costing every family £1,127 a year

Tax rises and benefit cuts costing every family £1,127 a year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Middle earners and the very rich have escaped 'remarkably unscathed' from the austerity programme - with those without children actually gaining financially from the changes.

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Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS

Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Average incomes are set to rise by 3.1 per cent to £459 per week – or £23,868 a year - in the current financial year, according to the IFS.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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'Squeezed upper-middle' class 'struggling' to survive on £370,000

'Squeezed upper-middle' class 'struggling' to survive on £370,000 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Professor Danny Dorling from Oxford University says that families earning between £100,000 and £370,000 are struggling because they are trying so hard to compete with the top one per cent.

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The article cites calculations from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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BOE may have long wait for real wage rise

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney this week stressed that the UK’s economic recovery will only become sustainable when there are “substantial” increases in real wages. But in research published Thursday by the London School of Economics, two leading British economists say there are good reasons to doubt that real wages will pick up any time soon.

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Professor Stephen Machin works at the ESRC Centre for Economic Performance.


Article originally published on 1 May 2014.

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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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Revealed: Pensioner incomes overtake working households

Revealed: Pensioner incomes overtake working households | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Pensioner household incomes have overtaken those of working age equivalents for the first time, a new study found. Elderly spending power has been boosted by a new wave of pensioners who ten

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One of the studies mentioned in the article was commissioned by the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing - director Nancy Hey is quoted

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For UK women in low-paid jobs, a second child is a mixed blessing

For UK women in low-paid jobs, a second child is a mixed blessing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Lack of childcare means mothers have to stop working and see their incomes fall, according to LSE study.

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This article refers to a a study by the ESRC funded Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics

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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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Britain’s stunted recovery leaves us wishing for what might have been

Britain’s stunted recovery leaves us wishing for what might have been | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

So household incomes are back to 2007 levels. This isn’t evidence of success but confirmation of how dismal economic performance has been

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The article cites findings and quotes Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Slump hit men harder in the pocket than women

Slump hit men harder in the pocket than women | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Weekly pay for British men since 2008 has fallen 9 per cent compared to 2.8 per cent for women once inflation is taken into account, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows.
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Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds

Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Incomes of average household is increasing at quicker than inflation, leading economic think tank finds in blow to Labour's 'cost of living' claims
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Low social position explains link between lack of money and poor health

Low social position explains link between lack of money and poor health | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People with low incomes are more prone to ill health due to the stress associated with their social position rather than their lack of money, according to researchers at the University of Stirling.
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The research used the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Real wages fall by 8% since the financial crisis says NIESR. 18-25s’ real terms pay falls 14% back to 1998 levels

Real wages fall by 8% since the financial crisis says NIESR. 18-25s’ real terms pay falls 14% back to 1998 levels | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Real UK wages have fallen by 8% since the financial crisis began a new report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has found.

The report, which examines the economic fortunes of the UK since the crisis, says:  “At the end of 2013, UK GDP was still almost 2 per cent lower than it had been at its most recent peak in the beginning of 2008 and GDP per capita was over 6 per cent lower than it had been six years earlier.

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NIESR are partners in two ESRC research centres (LLAKES and the Institute for Macroeconomics).


This article was published on 2 May 2014

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