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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household incomes, and the prospects for a living standards recovery as the economy reopens but policy support is withdrawn.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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MPs told coronavirus could be with us for decades - Liverpool Echo

MPs told coronavirus could be with us for decades - Liverpool Echo | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MPs have been told coronavirus will be present for "decades to come".

The effects of lockdown on mental health within society have also been assessed in a new study which suggests women and young people are hardest hit psychologically.
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Mental health of women, young adults and parents worst hit by pandemic

The COVID-19 lockdown is hitting the mental health of women, young people and parents of children under five the hardest according to a study led by researchers at The University of Manchester, King's College London and the National Centre for Social Research and the National Centre for Social Research.

The study provides the first high quality information on mental health during the pandemic, drawing on 17,452 participants in the UK's largest longitudinal study, Understanding Society.
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'Where you can afford to move decides job chances'

'Where you can afford to move decides job chances' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
For Ailsa, the big "should I stay or should I go?" decision came at a Gateshead bus stop.

"I thought 'this is not for me,'" she said, thinking about a future of unsecured jobs in a time and place where "industry was dead".

So she became the first in her family to go to university and then moved to London and left her home town behind.
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"Wo Sie es sich leisten können, umzuziehen, entscheidet über die Jobchancen" "Where You Can Afford To Move Decides On The Job Opportunities"

"Wo Sie es sich leisten können, umzuziehen, entscheidet über die Jobchancen" "Where You Can Afford To Move Decides On The Job Opportunities" | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Ailsa switched from a council to a bank clerk - but says it is now difficult for young people to move to London


For Ailsa the big "Should I stay or should I go?" The decision was made at a Gateshead bus stop.

"I thought it wasn't for me," she said, pondering a future of insecure jobs at a time and place where "the industry was dead."

She was the first in her family to go to university, then moved to London and left her hometown.

However, the decision to seek better-paid jobs in the capital has become a growing social divide.

 

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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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New Report Shows BAME Households In The UK Are Twice As Likely To Live In Poverty

New Report Shows BAME Households In The UK Are Twice As Likely To Live In Poverty | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been far reaching, but we know the impact has been greater for some, including women, and Black and ethnic minorities. Earlier this year, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released figures showing that Black people were four times more likely to die from the disease than white people. The Fawcett Society reported that BAME women in the UK are suffering greater financial and psychological consequences of the pandemic than their white counterparts. Now, a new report conducted by the Social Metrics Commission has found that BAME households are twice as likely to live in poverty than white households.
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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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Britain's economic woes laid bare as borrowing surges during the lockdown

Britain's economic woes laid bare as borrowing surges during the lockdown | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The economic carnage facing the United Kingdom was laid bare as Government borrowing surged to a record high of more than £55bn last month – nine times more than in May 2019 – during the coronavirus shutdown.

Britain’s debt mountain is now bigger than the size of the economy for the first time since 1963 because of the rapidly accumulating costs of emergency measures to alleviate the impact of the pandemic.
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UK needs 'biggest-ever peacetime job creation plan' to stop mass unemployment | Recession | The Guardian

UK needs 'biggest-ever peacetime job creation plan' to stop mass unemployment | Recession | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The biggest job creation package in peacetime is needed to prevent the worst unemployment crisis in Britain for a generation, a leading thinktank has warned.

Sounding the alarm as job losses mount, the Resolution Foundation called on the government to continue subsidising the wages of workers in the sectors of the economy hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis until at least the end of next year.
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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: lockdown ‘phase two’ may bring added headaches for occupational health

Coronavirus: lockdown ‘phase two’ may bring added headaches for occupational health | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Niggles, aches, pains and anxieties stored up during lockdown need to be nipped in the bud before they become long-term health issues. But how can companies, especially SMEs, identify these risks, especially where employees may still be working remotely? Carl Laidler offers some answers.

Increased investment in occupational health services is predicted by HR leaders as CEOs across the UK gear up to get their companies back to work.
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Women and youths ‘hit most by lockdown’ as MPs told Covid could last decades

Women and youths ‘hit most by lockdown’ as MPs told Covid could last decades | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A study has suggested women and young people have been hardest hit psychologically by the Covid-19 lockdown, as MPs were told the world will be living with Covid-19 for “decades to come”.

A new study found 27% of people in the UK were experiencing clinically significant levels of psychological distress in April, compared with 19% before the pandemic.
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Coronavirus: British study says lockdown mental health impacts worst for women, the young and parents

Coronavirus: British study says lockdown mental health impacts worst for women, the young and parents | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The first major examination of Britain's strict coronavirus lockdown has found the mental health of women, the young and people living with children have been most affected by the upheaval.

The peer-reviewed study by experts from the University of Manchester and other institutions found the percentage of people with a potentially "clinically significant" level of mental distress rose from 18.9 per cent before the COVID-19 outbreak to 27.3 per cent after the first month of the United Kingdom's lockdown.
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Action needed to prevent young people leaving their Northern home towns | Yorkshire Post

Action needed to prevent young people leaving their Northern home towns | Yorkshire Post | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Those who move to London and the south-east still have much better job prospects and higher pay than those who stay, irrespective of their background, a new report by the Social Mobility Commission shows.

“Movers” will on average earn 33 per cent more than “stayers” and are 50 per cent more likely to have a degree, the research found.
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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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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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COVID-19 has increased and broadened inequality in psychological distress in the UK | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

COVID-19 has increased and broadened inequality in psychological distress in the UK | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing socioeconomic inequalities in health and appears to have amplified the gradients in poor health by age, sex, ethnicity, income and wealth, education and housing in the UK. For example, evidence from the Office for National Statistics (2020) has revealed a stark social gradient in the mortality rates associated with COVID-19 and substantial socio-geographic variation in death rates across local authorities in England and Wales. The economic and policy response to COVID-19 has created specific gradients in both exposure to the disease itself and in exposure to the economic impact of the lockdown (Janke et al. 2020). These new or amplified facets of the socioeconomic gradient include, for example, those working in essential occupations (for example, in health and social care and other public services), financial and employment hardship, the presence of children in households and living in multigenerational households or as lone parents. Moreover, other facets include the influence of housing and neighbourhood environment on people’s ability to self-isolate.   
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Ekklesia | Pandemic exposes inability of low-wealth households to weather economic storm

Ekklesia | Pandemic exposes inability of low-wealth households to weather economic storm | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Lower income households are twice as likely as high income households to have increased their use of consumer credit during the crisis, and are 50 per cent more likely to be saving less than usual, leaving them particularly exposed to the ongoing economic crisis, according to a major new Resolution Foundation report published on 22 June 2020.

Rainy Days, published in partnership with the Standard Life Foundation, examines the distribution of wealth across Britain in the run-up to the crisis, and how the crisis is having different impacts on the balance sheets of richer and poorer households. The report shows that those most at risk in the crisis have the weakest private savings safety net to fall back on, while the crisis itself is exposing Britain’s wealth gaps, and the ability of low-wealth households to weather the economic storm.
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