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Redesigning tax for a just, green recovery

Redesigning tax for a just, green recovery | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
In response to Covid-19, the Treasury is considering changes to the UK’s tax system on a scale not seen for decades. While changes to the tax system are much needed, there is a danger that reforms fixate on ​‘shoring up’ public finances after Covid-19, which would be the wrong approach and neglects the key reasons for an overhaul. Rather, the tax system offers a powerful tool to shape economic activity and combat systemic issues that long predated Covid-19, such as inequality and environmental degradation. Proposals for redesigning tax should reflect this capacity. If we are to achieve a green and just recovery from Covid-19, both the purpose and the sequencing of these proposals will be vital.
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"People go hungry because rent is too high": Charity boss exposes extent of poverty in...

"People go hungry because rent is too high": Charity boss exposes extent of poverty in... | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
This head of a food charity said that ending food poverty in the UK "shouldn't all be about free hand outs."

Kath Dalmeny, is the Chief Executive of food charity Sustain and she was speaking to Iain Dale after a day of crazy scenes where the government made a U-turn on it's free school meal policy, which will be extended through summer 2020 thanks to a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.
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Statistics of the Year 2019: Winners announced | StatsLife

Statistics of the Year 2019: Winners announced | StatsLife | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The RSS has today (19 December 2019) announced the 2019 Statistics of the Year.

Now in its third year, the Statistics of the Year competition invites nominations of key stats that shine a light on important issues that affect everyone as well as reflect changes that are happening around us. This year's winners and highly commended stats cover a wide range of issues, from poverty to life expectancy; CO2 in the atmosphere to the amount of sugar in our soft drinks. 

The winning UK Statistic of the Year is 58%: the proportion of those in relative poverty who live in a working household (source: Institute for Fiscal Studies based on Department for Work and Pensions figures). 
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Low income households most vulnerable to downturn

Low income households most vulnerable to downturn | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

LOW and middle-income households are more vulnerable to the next economic downturn as a result of the last financial crisis, a new study suggests.

A decade of weak income growth has left lower-income families in a more vulnerable position, said the Resolution Foundation.

It has previously warned that the risk of recession is at its highest level since 2007.

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Low income families more vulnerable to recession than before financial crisis - Mirror Online

Low income families more vulnerable to recession than before financial crisis - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Low and middle income households are more vulnerable to recession than they were before the last financial crisis, a new study has found.

Analysis by the Resolution Foundation found a decade of sluggish growth in pay packets had left families with less ability to scale back on non-essentials if their incomes fall.

And a higher proportion of families have no savings to draw upon in emergencies.
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Low-income Britons 'more vulnerable to recession than in 2008' | Politics | The Guardian

Low-income Britons 'more vulnerable to recession than in 2008' | Politics | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Low-income households in Britain are more vulnerable to recession than they were before the financial crisis, the Resolution Foundation has warned, amid the mounting risks of a Brexit downturn.

According to the thinktank, a decade of weak wage growth has left the poorest UK households and middle-income families less prepared for another downturn. It also warned the gradual dismantling of the benefits system under the policy of austerity imposed over the past decade by Conservative-led governments has left people without the same degree of support.
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Millennials have less to spend on non-essentials than older generations | Daily Mail

Millennials have less to spend on non-essentials than older generations | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Young people are spending 7% less on non-housing items than they were in 2001, a new study suggests.

An 'intergenerational audit' published by the Resolution Foundation assesses whether the 20th century norm of each generation enjoying higher living standards than their predecessors still holds true.

The report identified a number of intergenerational living standards challenges facing Britain, including the fall in money spent by 18 to 29-year-olds on non-housing items, including recreation and eating out, returning their pay to pre-financial crisis levels, and a 'long road' to recovery on home ownership.

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Pensioners now spend an extra £100-a-week on drinking and eating out, report finds

Pensioners now spend an extra £100-a-week on drinking and eating out, report finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Partying pensioners have been unmasked as a generation of big spenders in a report which reveals that they spend more than £100-a-week on alcohol and eating out than their predecessors.

People aged 65-and-over living in the UK are increasingly likely to enjoy their retirement.

This is not only in contrast to their previous generation, but also millenials who are devoting a smaller amount of their spending on “fun stuff” such as recreational activities, clothing and footwear, restaurants, hotels, culture, alcohol and tobacco.
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Under-30s 'spend less than same age group in 2001'

Under-30s 'spend less than same age group in 2001' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Young people under 30 are spending less on non-housing items than the same age group in 2001, a new report suggests.

The Resolution Foundation think tank studied changes in pay, housing, taxes and benefits to see if it was still true that newer generations are better off than their predecessors were.
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Big increases in in-work relative poverty rate are about much more than just low pay

Big increases in in-work relative poverty rate are about much more than just low pay | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Between 1994 and 2017 there was an increase from 13% to 18% in the proportion of people in working households living in relative poverty that’s an increase of 40% 

By 2017 8 million people in the UK living in working households were in relative poverty.

These are among the key findings of new research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies as part of its annual report on Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK.
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Rising levels of poverty in working families

Rising levels of poverty in working families | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As care worker Liam Doherty knows all too well, if you're in a low-paid job, the slightest setback can capsize your finances.

The Irishman moved to the UK in September 2013, bringing his wife Debbie and four children from County Limerick to take up a job in Dawlish in Devon.

"We were struggling to get by," he says. With his wife unable to work because of ill-health, he was the sole provider in the family.
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About the government’s claims on ‘real wages’ being ‘the highest since 2011’… –

About the government’s claims on ‘real wages’ being ‘the highest since 2011’… – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Firstly, the graph does not show what Raab is claiming. The graph does show that after 8 years of Conservative government, real wages are lower than when the coalition took office. In fact they are lower now than they were during the Great Global Recession in 2008. This shows an appalling and shameful record.

After the global recession in 2008, consumer prices rose faster than the average wage, so the real value of wages fell. They continued to fall until 2014.
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How affordable is the Government's Eat Well Guide? | Sustain

How affordable is the Government's Eat Well Guide? | Sustain | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Food Foundation compared the cost of following the Eatwell Guide, calculated from existing research, to household expenditure data from the 2015/16 Living Costs and Food Survey and to disposable income data from the 2015/16 Family Resources Survey.

They found that 26.9% of households would need to spend more than a quarter of their disposable income after housing costs to meet the Eatwell Guide costs, and more than half of these households contain at least one child.
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Household spending down during pandemic

Household spending down during pandemic | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than one-fifth of usual household spending has not been possible during the lockdown, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals.

In the financial year ending March 2019, UK households spent an average of £182 per week on activities that have since been largely prevented by government guidelines (such as travel, holidays and meals out).

This is equivalent to 22% of a usual weekly budget of £831, money that households could be saving, spending in other areas or using to cover any loss of income.
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Financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic - a proposal for a Crisis Minimum Income - Home

Financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic - a proposal for a Crisis Minimum Income - Home | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The case for a Crisis Minimum Income

Citizens Advice helps people manage financial difficulties every day. Last year we helped 380,000 people with debt problems and a further 150,000 people navigate the welfare system. Our advisers see the impact on people’s lives when they can’t make ends meet.

From data we collect when providing that advice, we know the people we help need a certain amount of money to avoid getting into financial difficulty. The average amount for a single household is £960 a month, while for a couple with children it is £1,700.
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Low and middle-income households vulnerable to recession

Low and middle-income households vulnerable to recession | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The income squeeze that followed the last financial crisis has left low and middle income households more vulnerable to the next economic shock than they were in 2008, according to the Resolution Foundation.

The think tank’s A Problem Shared? report examines the impact of recessions in the light of the financial crisis.

It found that a decade of weak income growth has left lower income families in a more vulnerable position than before the crisis hit. This is because they have less scope to reduce their spending on non-essentials should their incomes fall, while a higher proportion of this group have no savings to draw upon.
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Middle-class households are most at risk from the next recession, experts warn –

Middle-class households are most at risk from the next recession, experts warn – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MIDDLE-CLASS families are at risk from the next recession, experts warn.

Households trying make ends meet are more vulnerable to a hit to the economy than they were at the time of the previous financial crash, according to the Resolution Foundation think-tank.
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Boris Johnson’s no-deal bluster has put Leave voters’ livelihoods on the line

Boris Johnson’s no-deal bluster has put Leave voters’ livelihoods on the line | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Jeremy Hunt (remember him?) infamously said he would go through with a no-deal Brexit even if it meant telling business owners their companies would go bust. Likewise and on a much bigger scale, our new leaders are clearly prepared to plunge Britain into recession as a trade-off for delivering Brexit by 31 October. New research suggests that, just like with Hunt, the sacrifice would not be theirs. 

The last economic slump delivered the deepest cuts to the incomes of richer households. However, the next recession will hurt lower-income families the most, according to a report released on Monday by the Resolution Foundation. These, of course, are precisely the voters who chose Leave in the greatest numbers.
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Low- and middle-income families now less able to cope with recession than before 2008 crisis, study finds

Low- and middle-income families now less able to cope with recession than before 2008 crisis, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Most UK families would suffer more from a post-Brexit recession than they did during the 2008 financial crisis, a new report has found.​

Low and middle earners are more vulnerable to the next economic shock than they were in 2008, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation.

This is mostly because the impact of the last recession is still being felt by many families, meaning they would struggle to cope with another downturn.
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Cash-strapped millennials are cutting back on ‘fun’ while pensioners are splashing out on good times –

Cash-strapped millennials are cutting back on ‘fun’ while pensioners are splashing out on good times – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
CASH-STRAPPED millennials are cutting back on “fun” while pensioners splash out, a shock new report found last night.

In a report that laid bare the inter-generational divide, a think tank said 18-29 year-olds were having to spend £23 a week less on recreation, restaurants and booze than 20 years ago because of the rising cost of basics.
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‘Consumption crunch’: Young people spending less than they did in 2001, research finds

‘Consumption crunch’: Young people spending less than they did in 2001, research finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Young people today are facing a “consumption crunch” with their spending power less than it was in 2001, while baby boomers have experienced large gains in income, according to new research.

Those aged 18 to 29 are spending £380 per week on non-housing items, the Resolution Foundation found. The figure is 7 per cent less in real terms than what those in the same age group spent in 2001. 
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Young adults have less to spend on non-essentials, study says | Inequality | The Guardian

Young adults have less to spend on non-essentials, study says | Inequality | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Avocado on toast was the snack that became a synonym for millennial excess. But along with holidays and tickets to shows, dining out is proving beyond the budget of Britain’s youngest adults, who, according to new figures, have suffered a slump in their spending power for life’s non-essentials while their parents’ generation have splashed out with increasing abandon.
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Poverty Afflicts Almost 20% of Britons in Wage-Earning Homes - Bloomberg

Poverty Afflicts Almost 20% of Britons in Wage-Earning Homes - Bloomberg | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Almost one in five Britons living in wage-earning households was in relative poverty in 2017, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

In a report published Wednesday, the think tank said in-work poverty now affected around 8 million people, up sharply from the early 1990s.

But while rising housing costs and weak wage growth were partly to blame, the increase also reflected the fact that many more people are now in work, including those on low incomes such as lone parents, the IFS said.
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Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS | Society | The Guardian

Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Britain has seen a big jump in the working poor since the 1990s, with almost three out of five people below the official poverty line living in a household where at least one person is working.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that a drop in the number of workless households, better-off pensioners and higher rents had resulted in 8 million in poverty from working households.

The thinktank said that between 1994 and 2017 the share of poverty accounted for by working households had jumped from 37% to 58%.
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UK Consumer Spending –

UK Consumer Spending – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Consumer spending is a major component of GDP and, to assist in its analysis, the Office for National Statistics has just produced an analysis of spending within regions across the UK. The data was collected using two surveys –  the Living Costs and Food Survey (also used as the basis of the Consumer Price Index) and the Annual Business Survey which records sales of businesses. The former looks at 5,000 households (not a particularly large number when broken down into regions) which are interviewed and keep a diary of their expenditure for a two-week period; the latter records retail sales of 80,000 businesses, so provides a larger sample, but suffers in accuracy because some sales go to businesses, not consumers.
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