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Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre

Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Previous PEC research undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Value shows how the creative workforce has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, that job losses have been particularly severe in Music, performing and visual Arts, hours worked have declined in almost all parts of the creative workforce, the creative workforce has been bleeding disproportionate numbers of younger workers, and creative freelancers have experienced similar declines. How differently has the creative workforce fared compared with the rest of the UK workforce in the pandemic? Answering this question is important for policymakers who must assess the robustness of calls from the creative industries for targeted support measures.
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Growth in workplace pension participation has levelled off - ONS

Growth in workplace pension participation has levelled off - ONS | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The proportion of UK employees that have a workplace pension rose by just 0.1 percentage point in 2019/20 to 77.6 per cent, as participation increases "levelled off", according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The statistics, which were compiled from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, showed the proportion of employees enrolled in workplace schemes had increased from less than half (46.5 per cent) of all employees when automatic enrolment was introduced in 2012.
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Mental health of people newly reliant on financial support hit hardest – report | Express & Star

Mental health of people newly reliant on financial support hit hardest – report | Express & Star | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The mental health of people in the UK who were newly reliant on benefits and other financial support during the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the most, according to research.

The “largest and most worrying increases” in mental distress have been in groups who started off in the weakest financial position or who have required more financial help throughout the crisis, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) found.
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Frequent internet use by older people during lockdown linked to mental health benefits | EurekAlert! Science News

Frequent internet use by older people during lockdown linked to mental health benefits | EurekAlert! Science News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Surrey has found that among people aged 55 to 75 more frequent use of the internet was beneficial for mental health and quality of life under lockdown. Those who used the internet more, particularly for staying in touch with friends and family, were at lower risk of depression and reported a higher quality of life.

Loneliness and social isolation have been major problems for many under lockdown, and for older people in particular. Loneliness raises risk of depression and other negative health outcomes. In a paper published in the journal Healthcare, researchers from Surrey investigated whether more frequent internet use in older people helped reduce this risk.
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Covid spread as overcrowding doubles among private renters in England | Housing | The Guardian

Covid spread as overcrowding doubles among private renters in England | Housing | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The proportion of private renters living in overcrowded homes has doubled during the pandemic, adding to concerns that living conditions helped the virus spread, particularly among ethnic minorities.

Figures out last week from the English Housing Survey’s household resilience study found that the proportion in November and December last year was 15%, up from 7% a year earlier. That means more than one in seven private renters are enduring overcrowding, compared with only one in 50 homeowners.
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The Importance of Digital Competency

The Importance of Digital Competency | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
If one thing the past year has taught us, it’s that technology is an integral part of our lives. The need for digital skills has never been greater as we work, socialise, and access core services through our electronic devices.
At the start of lockdown there was an immediate need to get the most essential services running effectively with only remote support. IT teams worked overtime, helping to transfer almost everything to the online environment and supporting staff, some of whom were neither prepared for, nor confident in, online working.
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Brits worse hit by Covid because of inequality and low welfare support

Brits worse hit by Covid because of inequality and low welfare support | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
British households had lower savings, more debts and weaker welfare support than French and German families as the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to new analysis of how inequality exacerbated the crisis.

High levels of income equality also made poorer households less financially resilient, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation think-tank – despite Brits similar levels of average income to our European counterparts.

The typical working-age income level in the UK and France is almost identical, at just under £30,000 – but the poorest fifth of working-age households in the UK are 20 per cent poorer than the French, while the richest fifth are 17 per cent richer in Britain.
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UK food bank use rises by a third during COVID-19 pandemic

U.K. food bank rose use by a third during the past 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic left more people without the money to buy basic necessities, a charity that distributes food said Thursday.

The Trussell Trust said the food banks it works with handed out more than 2.5 million food parcels in the year through March, up from 1.9 million a year earlier. The figures represent only a partial picture of the increasing need because independent food aid providers also expanded during the pandemic, the trust said.
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Male in custody after sexual offence in Atkinsons Warren

It was reported that the woman was walking her dog when she was approached by an unknown man when she was sexual assaulted, the man then proceeded to expose himself.
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7 subtle signs of an abusive relationship

7 subtle signs of an abusive relationship | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Domestic abuse is a crime predominantly happening behind closed doors, with abusers being any age and from all walks of life. They appear to others as just another regular person – a friend, family member, or colleague – which can make them hard to spot. And this is why it’s so important to be aware of the signs, to ensure people get support to safely break free from abusive relationships as soon as possible.
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A History Of The Term “Men Are Trash”

In any garden-variety conversation between millennial women who date (or, indeed, don’t date) men, you can almost guarantee that the phrase "men are trash" will come up. It’s an in-joke that women share, a pithy way of expressing the impact that hundreds of interactions with men – personal and professional – have had on them. In recent years, it feels like someone has posted the phrase somewhere on social media every few seconds. And whenever it is used it is met with two polar responses: nodding agreement (mostly) from women and indignant complaints of 'reverse sexism' from men. 
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Heavier social media use linked to more frequent drinking in young people

Heavier social media use linked to more frequent drinking in young people | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Heavier social media use is associated with more frequent alcohol consumption among young people in the UK, according to a new UCL study.

Published today in the journal Addiction, the study found that those aged 10-15 who used social media more regularly were more likely to drink alcohol. The researchers also found a link between heavier social media use and more frequent binge drinking among young adults aged 16-19.
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Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: Updated estimates | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: Updated estimates | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, scholars around the world estimated the potential of working from home given its efficacy as a measure that could mitigate the spread of the contagion while allowing productive activities to continue.  One of the first studies was by Dingel and Neiman (2020), who used occupational descriptions from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to derive an estimate that 34% of American jobs could potentially be performed from home. 

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Life-cycle patterns in pension saving - Institute For Fiscal Studies - IFS

Life-cycle patterns in pension saving - Institute For Fiscal Studies - IFS | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Most people need to save privately for retirement if they want to enjoy a comparable standard of living in retirement to that which they have enjoyed during working life. How much to save, and when, is largely up to individuals to decide. While there has been lots of discussion among policymakers, industry and researchers about how much people should save privately for retirement, and whether individuals’ actual savings are adequate, there has been much less focus on when individuals should save, and whether they behave this way in practice.

In an ongoing programme of research, kindly funded by the Nuffield Foundation, we aim to address this evidence gap – examining in detail how pension saving might be expected to change over working life, and how employees and the self-employed behave in practice. In particular, we will analyse how saving rates change with age, with changes in earnings, and with other changes in people’s circumstances.
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Teens, tech and mental health: Oxford study finds no link

Teens, tech and mental health: Oxford study finds no link | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Oxford study used data from more than 430,000 young people, gathered over 28 years.
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Mental health of the disadvantaged and financially vulnerable suffering most in pandemic

Mental health of the disadvantaged and financially vulnerable suffering most in pandemic | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The mental health of people newly reliant on benefits and financial support during the pandemic has worsened far more than in the wider population, according to the annual Society Watch report by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).

NatCen analysed data collected from over 12,000 people aged 16 or over in the United Kingdom between April 2020 and January 2021 for the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey and identified different financial pathways through the pandemic.
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Pride without Prejudice: Keir Starmer must denounce British hypernationalism

Pride without Prejudice: Keir Starmer must denounce British hypernationalism | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The definition of patriotism is hazy. What once implied ‘the loyalty of a person to their own nation’, has now changed meanings across ideologies. To the Right, patriotism is often associated with a romantic vision of the past, which seeks to conserve the cultural heritage of a nation. Modern circles on the Left have been more hesitant to embrace patriotism, seeing it as the root of a form of national chauvinism which contradicts their internationalist values.
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How Buying A House In My Area Made Me Face Up To My Changing Class Identity

How Buying A House In My Area Made Me Face Up To My Changing Class Identity | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Last month, I did the thing I always hoped I’d one day be able to say when asked what my “proudest achievement” is in interviews. I bought my first property: a rarity for a member of “generation rent” (only 31 per cent of UK millennials own property, behind the global average of 40 per cent); a woman (women need an average of 12 times their annual salary to be able to buy a home in England – men need just over eight times); a Black woman (home ownership rates within the Black African community are amongst the lowest in the UK), and rarer still because I saved every last penny for it myself. Add being a freelancer to the equation, and on paper my mortgage prospects were pretty grim. But I stumped up the funds singlehandedly – as well as the remaining amount for renovation costs.
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Pandemic 'exposed' UK households' finances, report finds

Pandemic 'exposed' UK households' finances, report finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Households in Britain, especially poorer ones, are far more likely to have suffered a severe income shock during the coronavirus pandemic over the past year than their counterparts in France and Germany, a well-respected British-based think tank said Wednesday.

The Resolution Foundation also said that households in the U.K. are also more likely to have run up more debt in response to the financial shockwaves emanating from the pandemic.
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Pandemic hit UK households harder than those in France and Germany

Pandemic hit UK households harder than those in France and Germany | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Households in the UK have endured a more severe income shock than our French and German counterparts due to the pandemic, and have taken on more debt in response.
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Quality of support for UK over-50s who lost jobs in pandemic raises concern | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Quality of support for UK over-50s who lost jobs in pandemic raises concern | Coronavirus | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Resolution Foundation has warned that older people who lost their jobs during the pandemic could receive worse support than younger people, leading to large numbers of over-50s falling out of the workforce for good.

In its report, A U-Shaped Crisis, supported by the Nuffield Foundation, the independent thinktank voiced concerns that Restart, the recently announced support scheme for the long-term unemployed, “carries the risk that older workers receive a lower quality of service than younger workers”.
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The UK’s femicide epidemic: who’s killing our daughters? | Crime | The Guardian

The UK’s femicide epidemic: who’s killing our daughters? | Crime | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Alice Ruggles was described by her friends and family as vibrant, witty and “sharp as a tack”. She loved life. Then, in January 2016, aged 24, she met Lance Corporal Trimaan “Harry” Dhillon, who was 26. She didn’t know that he had a restraining order taken out on him by a previous girlfriend.
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Courier cons, romance and fake cops: How the pandemic has helped fraudsters to thrive | Express & Star

Courier cons, romance and fake cops: How the pandemic has helped fraudsters to thrive | Express & Star | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Con artists have fleeced more than £100 million from unsuspecting members of the public in the region over the 13 months up to March this year, accounting for more than 39,122 offences. The offences were reported across the West Midlands, West Mercia, Staffordshire and Dyfed-Powys force areas.

Today it emerged the Government is urgently looking at new measures to tackle online fraud, admitting the scale of the scam problem is “deeply concerning”.
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WFH Means Longer Hours, Fewer Bonuses. 4 Key Takeaways From a Major Report

WFH Means Longer Hours, Fewer Bonuses. 4 Key Takeaways From a Major Report | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted bold predictions that the future of work will be from home, after millions were forced out of offices for more than a year but able to do their jobs remotely.

But this week, the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a major report on the phenomenon — based on surveys of hundreds of thousands of people over nearly a decade from the country's Annual Population Survey – and made some startling findings.
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Substance use and depression more closely linked for generation Z teens

Substance use and depression more closely linked for generation Z teens | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Substance use and antisocial behavior are more likely to go hand-in-hand with poor mental health for generation Z teens compared to millennial adolescents growing up a decade earlier, finds a new UCL study.
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