The £3.2bn pay penalty facing black and ethnic minority workers

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

It’s that time of the year when everyone does their reviews of 2018. The political review of the year will inevitably be dominated by the thrills and spills of Brexit. But for those interested in public policy, a strong contender for the Resolution Foundation’s ‘policy that could make a big difference to people’s living standards’ … Continued

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Home ownership is rising, but the crisis is far from over

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

Across the country today hundreds of thousands of twenty and thirtysomethings are heading back to their parents’ homes for Christmas. Most (around two-thirds) of these parents are home owners, but the same cannot be said for their kids. Home ownership rates have fallen across all age groups in the UK in recent decades, with the … Continued

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Top of the Charts: Resolution Times Christmas Special

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts emails here Morning all, It’s the last working day before Christmas (Eve)* and so reading through the best economics research papers of the week is hopefully not at the top of your to-do list. If it is, don’t worry – you can get help for that. For … Continued

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Boosting benefit take-up is critical to the success of Universal Credit, but we might not be able to measure whether it’s working

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Tax and Welfare

Benefit take-up rates matter. A lot. If households aren’t actually receiving the benefits that government policy entitles them to, their incomes will be lower and the social safety net will not work as intended. The government’s own estimates of benefits take-up suggest that billions of pounds worth of benefits probably go unclaimed each year. Take-up … Continued

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Three steps to make it a happier new year for Universal Credit

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Tax and Welfare

Universal Credit (UC) was a surprise contender for one of the big stories of the Budget, with the Chancellor announcing a welcome reinjection of cash into the system. UC has (finally) hit another important milestone too ­– as of December 2018, it is on offer to all new claimants of working-age benefits in jobcentres across … Continued

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