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Nearly two out of every three households who are affected by the coalition government's 'bedroom tax' cannot find the money to pay their rents, according to new research for the National Housing Federation.

The richest ten per cent of the UK working-age population now have nearly twice the original income between them of the entire bottom half of the distribution, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation think tank.

Spiralling living costs and stagnating wages are creating a 'double squeeze' on the lowest-paid groups in society, according to the interim report of a Commission that is examining the changing nature of low pay and poverty in the UK.

Economic growth at city level does not always result in a reduction in poverty levels, particularly in the short term, according to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study that looks at the evidence on the connections between cities, economic growth and poverty in the United Kingdom.

Over 36,400 households have been caught by the coalition government's benefits cap since April 2013, 96 per cent of them households with children, according to new official statistics.

Some social policies in advanced economies remain geared toward older segments of society, leaving the younger population at greater risk of poverty, according to the conclusions of a new study from the Luxembourg Income Study.

There is a need to recognise the role of social isolation in people’s experience of poverty, and to find ways of constructing a basic internationally comparable indicator for it, according to a new working paper by researchers at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.

Governments are capable of reducing income inequality despite countervailing behavioural responses, according to a research paper from the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

Families in England with vulnerable children who face homelessness are being forced to move far away because the coalition government's benefits cap means they can no longer pay the rent, according to a report from the Action for Children charity.

Child poverty in Scotland fell by 10 percentage points in the 10 years to 2011-12 – about twice the fall in England – according to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main provide an update, 31 January 2014, on their analysis of available data on child poverty. This article discusses trends in child poverty in the UK and urges us all to 'watch this space'.

Average annual inflation has been 1 percentage point per year higher for the poorest fifth of households than for the richest fifth since 2008, according to a new analysis from researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The level of many social security benefits in the UK is 'manifestly inadequate', according to a report published by the Council of Europe.

Jobcentres need to make improvements in the way they assess claimants' potential barriers to employment at an early stage of the claim process, says a new report published by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.

A future Labour government would restore the 50p tax rate for those earning over £150,000 a year, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has said.

The proportion of people in households living below the minimum income standard increased by one fifth between 2008-09 and 2011-12, according to a new analysis from researchers at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Four out of every five English local authorities have reduced entitlements to council tax support in the current financial year as council tax benefit was replaced by localised schemes, according to an analysis carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Scotland faces significant challenges in closing its 'inequality gap', according to new research carried out by University of Stirling academics.

The research team's work on inequality uses a new model of the Scottish economy to analyse taxes and spending among Scottish households.

A Europe-wide universal child benefit programme could reduce child poverty and the poverty gap throughout Europe, according to a briefing paper produced by UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children.

Unemployed people who lack basic skills should be denied access to benefits unless they take up training, according to the opposition Labour party. The proposal was made by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves, in her first major speech since taking up her new post.

The poorest people in society cannot afford to pay the costs of funerals, according to a survey carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Bath. The authors call on the government to review the system of state support for funeral costs.

Almost 1 in 4 of the UK's 1.8 million lone-parent households – 650,000 in total  – are not in any sort of paid employment, according to a new report from the Policy Exchange think tank.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has said he wants to see an above-inflation increase in the minimum wage.

The chronic gap between the incomes of the richest and poorest citizens is seen as the risk that is most likely to cause serious damage globally in the coming decade, according to over 700 experts contributing to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report.

Newly updated projections of income poverty among children and working-age adults have been published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Gay men, together with bisexual men and women, are more likely to experience poverty than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a report from Essex University's Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has offered support for the idea that families should only be able to claim child benefit for their first two offspring. He told the Sunday Times: 'It’s a brilliant idea'.

The importance of the weighting schemes used when compiling multi-dimensional poverty assessments has been highlighted in a research paper.

The way in which poverty is assessed needs to take into account inequality among those counted as multi-dimensionally poor, according to a new paper from researchers at the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.

Thousands of people have been wrongly identified as being liable for the 'bedroom tax', including some who now face eviction or have been forced to move to a smaller property, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a significant expansion of free school meals and childcare provision.

The television broadcaster Channel 4 has begun showing a five-part documentary series about people living in a deprived street in Birmingham.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has revealed plans to cut an extra £25 billion from public spending by the end of 2017-18 if the Conservatives win the next election, with benefits spending as the main target for reductions.

One in eleven people in Britain fear they won't be able to afford their monthly rent or mortgage payments in 2014, according to new research from the campaign group Shelter. The research was based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 adults.

More than 300,000 of Britain's poorest people live at least one kilometre from a free-to-use cash machine, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

The global economic crisis reversed the previous progress made by many EU countries in reducing relative poverty and material deprivation, according to a Belgian think tank report. Some of the poorest member states and most vulnerable groups have been affected the most.

Rising living costs and changes to the benefits system are driving increasing numbers of vulnerable families to use emergency food services, according to a report from the Barnardo's charity.

Many people in Britain have lost faith in the benefit system, according to a new think-tank report charting the major pressures facing families today.

There were 279,000 jobs in April 2013 that paid less than the national minimum wage, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Soaring energy bills are forcing families to spend more than ever on heating and maintaining their homes, according to official figures on the growing squeeze on household budgets – with those on lower incomes now spending 25 per cent of their income on housing.

Poor households are cutting food costs in an attempt to cope with the effects of rising fuel bills, shrinking incomes and benefits changes such as the 'bedroom tax', according to the latest instalment of a survey looking at the impact of coalition government policies.

PSE Team

This annotated questionnaire gives top level results on a range of items and activities people in Northern Ireland feel are necessities and those thought desirable but not necessary. Items and activities for adults and, separately those for children are covered.

For the first time, there are more people in working families living below the poverty line (6.7 million) than in workless and retired families in poverty combined (6.3 million), according to the latest annual survey of poverty trends from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

An overall cap on government spending on benefits will start in 2015, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his Autumn Statement. The idea of a 'welfare spending' cap was first put forward by the Chancellor earlier in the year in his 2013 Budget.

A call has been made for a new headline indicator designed to measure progress towards eradicating global poverty in its many dimensions.

The rising number of working people living in households in poverty is causing the coalition government to spend billions more than planned on social security, according to a new TUC report.

The full nationwide roll-out of the coalition government’s new universal credit system is not now expected to meet the 2017 target, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said.

There was a 'surprising' standstill  during the last decade in poverty reduction in Europe, despite generally positive political and economic circumstances, says a new report from an Antwerp-based think tank.

Two government programmes aimed at helping families with multiple problems will miss their targets unless improvements are made, according to a report from the National Audit Office.

The coalition government has been warned by MPs not to weaken its commitment to eliminate fuel poverty.

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