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The housing headwind: the impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

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Housing

This report explores the question of how incomes and housing costs have interacted over time. It asks a seemingly simple question: how affordable has housing been for different groups in the UK over the last two decades? Through this exercise, we show how housing costs have (or have not) contributed to living standards at different … Continued

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Retention deficit: a new approach to boosting employment for people with health problems and disabilities

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Work & Security

The government has positioned halving the disability employment gap as a central challenge for the UK labour market. To make significant progress on this ambition, a comprehensive set of changes will be needed, alongside a cultural shift in how we view the connections between disability, health and employment in this country. The Green Paper on … Continued

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Universal Challenge – making a success of Universal Credit

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Welfare & Tax Reform

This report sets out a three point plan for the new Secretary of State, designed to both ensure that UC will provide the support needed for families moving into and progressing in work in the future and to make implementation as simple as possible. We argue that Stephen Crabb should restate and reclaim the role … Continued

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Can we fix it? Solving Britain’s housing crisis

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Housing

Housing is the subject of much political and media attention – but commentary focuses primarily on rising house prices and declining home ownership. Our research looks at housing costs as a proportion of income over time. This slide pack is the precursor to a report that will be published shortly.

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The RF Earnings Outlook Q4 2015

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Wages & Income

In terms of measured jobs market performance and the broader earnings picture, the key recent change has been a gloomier view on productivity, due both to poor Q4 outturns and in particular the downward forecast revisions at last month’s Budget. The productivity disappointment has been mirrored in more muted real average weekly earnings growth. The latest … Continued

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