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More education accounts for the rising share of women in the UK top 1% | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

More education accounts for the rising share of women in the UK top 1% | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Top incomes – the share of total income held by those at the very top of the income distribution – are the central focus of much recent income distribution analysis, most especially that based on the pioneering research of Thomas Piketty and collaborators (see e.g. Atkinson et al. 2011 for a review) and the on-going work centred around the World Inequality Database project. Drawing on income tax and related administrative register data sources, the top incomes research field has highlighted how, in many countries, the most significant changes in income distribution are occurring at the top. The increasing share of income among this group is driving the much-discussed increase in overall inequality.
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Unemployment rate drops in High Peak | Buxton Advertiser

Unemployment rate drops in High Peak | Buxton Advertiser | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The unemployment rate in High Peak fell in the year to March despite the onset of the coronavirus, new figures show.
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Household income hit the hardest during pandemic | Wigan Today

Household income hit the hardest during pandemic | Wigan Today | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The coronavirus crisis has triggered a 4.5% fall in typical working age household incomes, the Resolution Foundation said.

It calculated the fall by comparing the months leading up to the crisis with the situation in May this year.

According to the Foundation’s Living Standards Audit, this was the biggest short-term income drop since the oil crisis-induced inflation spikes of the mid-1970s.
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Coronavirus slump could delay building of 300,000 homes | World news | The Guardian

Coronavirus slump could delay building of 300,000 homes | World news | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than 300,000 planned new homes may remain on the drawing board over the next five years, deepening the UK’s housing crisis, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new research predicts.

Stalled construction and the recession will slash the number of new homes being built, with 85,000 predicted to be lost this financial year, according to a study by the property agency Savills with the housing charity Shelter.

Construction of the cheapest social housing could fall to a “catastrophic” low of 4,300 units annually – the smallest number since the second world war. Shelter said this would not even be enough to clear the waiting list for a social home in Wakefield, never mind the rest of the country.
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Covid housing affordability crisis - Three quarters of northerners back call for dedicated affordable housing for key workers

Covid housing affordability crisis - Three quarters of northerners back call for dedicated affordable housing for key workers | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new IPPR report today, together with polling commissioned by the thinktank, warns that housing affordability issues are set to intensify due to Covid-19, with those on low incomes and privately renting most affected.

In a new paper published today, Renting Beyond their Means: The Role of Living Rent in addressing housing affordability, IPPR recommends devolving power and resources to local government to set local rents, have the flexibility to develop their own housing products and housing funding, as well as suspending and devolving Right to Buy.
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We all deserve a better debate on poverty

We all deserve a better debate on poverty | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
What's happening to poverty in the UK is one of the big questions facing the country. It is essential for governments and political leaders to make informed decisions about policy responses and for the public to understand the communities they live in. But the range of ways of measuring poverty means that too often, those who talk about it pick and choose the ones which best suit their arguments. As a result, debates about poverty can end up being confusing, with each side talking past the other.

Full Fact has been checking poverty claims since we first began fact checking. Over the years, one issue we’ve returned to constantly are media outlets or politicians clashing over what’s happening to poverty in the UK. One of the main stages for these clashes has been the weekly exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).
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Fight for those in poverty

Fight for those in poverty | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than four million people in the UK are trapped in deep poverty, meaning their income is at least 50 per cent below the official breadline, locking them into a weekly struggle to afford the most basic living essentials, and there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children affected by what is termed persistent poverty.

With these figures, there is no doubt that there is a pressing need for a concerted approach to the problem.
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Nearly half of BAME UK households are living in poverty | Society | The Guardian

Nearly half of BAME UK households are living in poverty | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Black and minority ethnic (BAME) households in the UK are over twice as likely to live in poverty as their white counterparts, leaving them disproportionately exposed to job losses and pay cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an independent study has revealed.

The latest annual report by the Social Metrics Commission found that nearly half of Black African Caribbean households were in poverty, compared with just under one in five white families, while BAME families as a whole were between two and three times as likely to be in persistent poverty than white households.
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London’s Poverty Profile, Poverty Data

London’s Poverty Profile, Poverty Data | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
London’s Poverty Profile provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London. It shines a light on these issues to prompt action from local and national government, the third sector, faith groups, practitioners, experts, businesses, the public and indeed anyone who cares about making London a fairer city to live in.

Despite living in a global city with a level of economic performance to be proud of, many Londoners struggle to make ends meet, secure good quality affordable housing, or tie down the decent work they need to lift themselves above the poverty line. As a result, poverty is higher in London than in any other region or country in the UK. Across a wide range of indicators, there is a gulf in outcomes between Londoners on low incomes and those who are better off, both in the capital and across the rest of the UK.
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Child poverty hits 4.2 million amid coronavirus impact fear

Child poverty hits 4.2 million amid coronavirus impact fear | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Levels of child poverty in the UK have risen once again, as has the proportion of these children who are living in working families. It comes amid fears that the coronavirus crisis will hit these families and their children the hardest, while also pushing many more into poverty.


The latest household income statistics (for 2018/19) show that 4.2 million children (around 30 per cent of all UK children) now live below the poverty line, with 72 per cent of these in working families (DWP, 2020).
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Child poverty numbers rise by 100,000 - and coronavirus is making the crisis worse - Mirror Online

Child poverty numbers rise by 100,000 - and coronavirus is making the crisis worse - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Shocking new figures show the number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen dramatically in the past year - and is set to get much worse as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

In just 12 months the number rose by a huge 100,000 to 4.2 million - 600,000 more than when the Tories came to power a decade ago.
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Ekklesia | Pandemic response falls short for families as child poverty rises, says CPAG

Ekklesia | Pandemic response falls short for families as child poverty rises, says CPAG | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As the Government puts in place emergency measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, child poverty continues its upward trend without an effective strategy to tackle it, says Child Poverty Action Group.
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Why poverty has become the scourge of those in work | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian

Why poverty has become the scourge of those in work | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Turn the clock back to the mid-1990s. The UK economy is on the mend after its second deep recession in a decade but the scars are deep. Britain has an unemployment problem and a poverty problem. What’s more, the two are linked because the majority of poor people live in workless households.

Times have changed. The percentage of people in work is now higher than it has ever been and unemployment, using the internationally agreed yardstick, is below 4% and at its lowest since the mid-1970s.
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Ekklesia | UK households experience biggest income shock since mid-1970s

Ekklesia | UK households experience biggest income shock since mid-1970s | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The covid-induced crisis has caused typical working-age household incomes to fall 4.5 per cent between the pre-crisis period and May this year, according to the Resolution Foundation’s new Living Standards Audit.

The Living Standards Audit 2020 considers the position of households on the eve of the crisis, how the initial lockdown phase has affected household incomes, and the prospects for a living standards recovery as the economy reopens but policy support is withdrawn.

The backdrop to the crisis was stagnant, and in some cases falling, living standards. Typical households experienced no income growth between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Real incomes for the poorest tenth of households fell over the same period and, on the eve of the latest crisis, were no higher than in the early 2000s.
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One million UK workers at risk of unemployment when furlough scheme ends in October

One million UK workers at risk of unemployment when furlough scheme ends in October | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The research has found that the coronavirus crisis has caused typical working-age household incomes to fall 4.5% between the pre-crisis period and May this year, signalling the biggest short-term income drop since the oil-crisis induced inflation spikes of the mid-1970s.

In contrast, the biggest annual income fall during the financial crisis was -2.7%.

The temporary £9 billion social security boost meant that the incomes of the poorest fifth of households didn’t fall during the initial phase of the crisis. Without this policy action, these households would have faced an income shock of at least 8%. However, low-income couples without children, who are less likely to receive Universal Credit (UC) and derive a higher proportion of their overall income from employment, have experienced a far greater income shock than average, of over 8%.
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UK households suffer biggest financial hit since 1970s due to coronavirus | World news | The Guardian

UK households suffer biggest financial hit since 1970s due to coronavirus | World news | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
British households have suffered the biggest hit to their finances since the oil crisis of the mid-1970s as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to inflict severe financial hardship across the country.

Against a backdrop of rising job losses four months into the crisis, the Resolution Foundation thinktank said the average household in Britain had suffered a 4.5% drop in income in the month of May, compared with their average monthly income level in the financial year ending March 2020, before the crisis struck.
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84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year, charity warns

84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year, charity warns | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Around 84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year due to the impact of coronavirus, according to estimates published by housing charity Shelter.

The projection, which has been taken from research carried out by Savills, includes existing properties converted into homes as well as new properties being built.

It would mean overall output falling from around 255,000 last year to 171,000 homes in the financial year 2020/21.
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Fears homelessness could treble if Covid-19 eviction ban ends

Fears homelessness could treble if Covid-19 eviction ban ends | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Things “could get worse before they get better” for private renters pushed into debt by the Covid-19 lockdown, campaigners warned, with 45,000 households at serious risk of homelessness when the eviction ban is lifted in August.

Generation Rent analysis showed that 13 per cent of renters have fallen into arrears during the crisis and that homelessness could soar if their calls for a £750m coronavirus home retention scheme aren’t listened to.

The number of families at risk of being evicted because they can’t pay their rent is triple last year’s figure, when 15,000 households lost their homes, while half a million are currently in rent arrears.

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4.5 million people in ‘deep poverty’ in UK – report

4.5 million people in ‘deep poverty’ in UK – report | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Around 4.5 million people are experiencing the deepest levels of poverty in the UK and have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a commission has found.

The proportion of the UK population in “deep poverty” has risen more than a third from 5 per cent to 7 per cent over the last two decades, while the overall poverty rate has remained largely unchanged, the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) said.

It means there are 1.7 million more people in deep poverty – living on less than half of what they need to stay above the poverty line – compared to roughly 20 years ago.
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39% rise in deep poverty since 2000 – and says figure may increase further as result of coronavirus

39% rise in deep poverty since 2000 – and says figure may increase further as result of coronavirus | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new report published today by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) highlights that although the poverty rate in the UK has remained largely unchanged over the last 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of people living in deep poverty – that is, more than 50% below the poverty line.

The report also warns that it is those in deep poverty who are being most significantly impacted by the coronavirus.

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, there were 4.5 million people (7% of the UK population) living in deep poverty, up from 2.8 million (5% of the population) two decades ago.
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Ministers urged to ‘look beyond the numbers’ as report reveals 39% rise in deep poverty since 2000

Ministers urged to ‘look beyond the numbers’ as report reveals 39% rise in deep poverty since 2000 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Government must “look beyond the numbers” if it hopes to tackle a 39% rise in “deep” poverty since the start of the millennium, a stark new report has warned.

Published by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC), it also revealed that lone-parent families, BAME families and those including a disabled person were significantly more likely to live in poverty or deep poverty.

According to the SMC review, 4.5 million people were considered to be living in deep poverty - meaning their income is at least 50% below the official breadline - prior to the pandemic, accounting for 7% of the UK population.
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Fixing the safety net: Next steps in the economic response to coronavirus | TUC

Fixing the safety net: Next steps in the economic response to coronavirus | TUC | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The last few weeks have seen an unprecedented change in the economic situation of the UK. Since the Prime Minister announced a full ‘lockdown’ on the 23rd March, economic activity in the UK has been rightly restricted in the service of protecting public health.

The TUC has clear priorities throughout this crisis. First, to ensure that public health is protected. Second, to protect workers’ jobs and livelihoods.

Following calls from the TUC and unions the government has announced welcome schemes to try to keep people in work. Protecting jobs must be the first step to protecting incomes and ensuring the country can get back on its feet when the crisis subsides. We set out further steps to improve these schemes below.

But there is still more to do to ensure everyone who is sick gets the income support they need and support the livelihoods of those who do lose their jobs.
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UK faces child poverty crisis, say charities | Society | The Guardian

UK faces child poverty crisis, say charities | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The UK faces a fresh child poverty crisis, with rates likely to soar in the coming months, charities have said, as latest official statistics showed a 100,000 increase in the number of young people living below the breadline.

The total number of children living in relative poverty – classed as on or below 60% of the UK average household income after housing costs have been paid – was 4.2 million in 2018-19, up from 4.1 million the previous year, equating to roughly 30% of all children.
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Ekklesia | Poorest fifth of households have seen a fall in income

Ekklesia | Poorest fifth of households have seen a fall in income | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The latest Households Below Average Income statistics released by the government on 26 March 2020 show that typical UK household incomes stagnated last year, and living standards for low income households are lower than they were in 2014-15.

Median incomes were unchanged in 2018-19 after housing costs are taken into account, leaving them below the level seen two years ago (in 2016-17), as a result of high inflation and weak pay growth. However, growth in incomes of the highest earners along with a drop in incomes for the poorest fifth of the population – the second annual fall in a row leaving them lower than they were in 2014-15 – has pushed overall inequality up slightly.
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Phil Redmond showcases latest short film, ‘How we Live’ with help from Winsford school pupils

Phil Redmond showcases latest short film, ‘How we Live’ with help from Winsford school pupils | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
‘How we Live’ premiered last night at Winsford Academy, which is an adaptation from a script, developed by Winsford school pupils.

Over the past 18 months, the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission (WCPTC) has worked with a group of young inspirers from Winsford Academy and Wharton Primary School, helping to strengthen the voice of young people and allow them to influence change.
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