Understanding who progresses from low pay and who gets stuck
For the majority of low paid workers, their jobs do not appear to be a first rung on a ladder to meaningfully higher earnings. This new analysis replicates our previous finding that three in four people fail to escape from low pay but has also added a number of important additional insights.
The scale of minimum wage underpayment in social care
This briefing note finds that social care workers are losing out on an estimated £130 million a year due to pay rates that are in breach of the National Minimum Wage. The average loss for those not receiving the minimum wage is around £815 per year.
Despite the strain that high housing costs cause, millions of people on modest incomes continue to live in high cost areas and are somehow coping. The report explores six ‘coping strategies’ – and looks at how effective each of these would be in bringing housing costs within reach of three typical families.
Debates over public finances are set to loom large in the coming election campaign. To date, we have only very broad outlines of the preferred approaches of each of the main parties. We present indicative outcomes based on a range of reasonable interpretations of the different rules.