Tags: poverty

In-work poverty will still affect over 3 million children

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission finds that 3.5 million children will be in absolute poverty – almost 5 times the number needed to meet the government’s legal obligation to end child poverty by 2020 – and that the government lacks any credible plan to get back on track. The Commission concludes that the…

Lack of social mobility in UK holding millions of people back, says TUC

The UK’s poor track record of social mobility means that people’s life chances are too dependent on their parents’ income, rather than their own education and ability, says the TUC as it publishes a new report on social mobility. The TUC report warns that the UK has the joint highest level of earnings persistence –…

An insecure jobs market traps people in poverty, says Julia Unwin of JRF

Our reporter Odira Ndulue interviewed Julia Unwin of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. You recently said many employers have abandoned their responsibilities to their staff and presided over the creation of the most insecure employment model in the developed world, what do you mean by that? Employers have a responsibility to their staff. Where they can…

New report calls for fathers to be able to spend more time with their family

Families with a traditional ‘breadwinner’ model, where one parent (usually the father) goes out to work while the other stays at home to care for children, are the largest group of households with children living in poverty, according to research published today (13 November) from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The two reports published today…

Poor children’s life chances determined by age seven say Save the Children

In a new report entitled “Too Young to Fail,” the charity said being behind at reading, writing and arithmetic at such a young age could prejudice a child’s future earnings, health and, in economic terms, cost the country billions in lost revenue. More than a fifth of children born poor in England who are behind…

Ethnic minorities face multiple problems in getting promoted

New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that promotion possibilities for low paid workers are generally limited, and that ethnic minorities especially face multiple problems in getting promoted. Their difficulties include unequal access to opportunities for development; unclear information about training opportunities; and stereotyping. This is resulting in persistent in-work poverty, and a…