The poverty challenge remains – but its nature is changing

Published on by

Welfare & Tax Reform

Today’s annual poverty update from the DWP is, on the face of it, fairly encouraging.  Despite the poor state of the economy in 2012-13 – the period the latest figures relate to – child poverty edged down slightly, to 17 per cent from 18 per cent in 2011-12. Having fallen quite sharply at the start of the … Continued

READ MORE

Mobility and the squeezed middle

Published on by

Shared Growth

A common criticism of the recent concern over rising inequality is that it looks at the distribution of earnings and wealth at one point in time. Individuals are mobile and tend, on balance, to find better paying jobs over the course of their lifetime, which might mean that looking at their wages at any one … Continued

READ MORE

Starting out or getting stuck?: An analysis of who gets trapped in low paid work – and who escapes

Published on by

Wages & Income

It is generally acknowledged that the UK has a serious low pay problem. One in five employees were low paid in 2012, which compares poorly to other similar economies. But little is known about the persistence of low pay and consequently this is an under-developed aspect of the social mobility debate. This matters because many argue that, … Continued

READ MORE

Willetts plays snakes and ladders

Published on by

Work & Security

Social mobility has become something of a hot topic for the coalition. February’s Social Mobility White Paper made it the government’s number one social policy goal. Yet arguments over tuition fees have rather drowned out much of what they have to say on the topic, particularly when it comes to education and skills. So it … Continued

READ MORE

It’s not all bad news on social mobility

Published on by

Wages & Income

We all know the usual story on social mobility. It’s been falling steadily for ages and continued to fall during the Labour years. Plenty of politicians, journalists and pundits will line up to tell anyone willing to listen that things have got worse. It sounds like a compelling story – the problem is, it’s not … Continued

READ MORE

The type of social mobility no-one talks about

Published on by

Shared Growth

Ed Miliband today addressed the issue of social mobility in a speech in Gateshead. His argument was built around the concept of the ‘British Promise’ – the idea that each generation of children will do better than their parents. It’s our own rather less lofty version of the American Dream, and it’s a promise, he … Continued

READ MORE