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The PSE has linked up with Children North East (CNE) to highlight findings from their community research and action projects with disadvantaged young people across the region. Projects include researching poverty through photography and devising a toolkit to help schools ‘poverty-proof the school day’.

Grace Women's Development Ltd

Ardoyne is a residential area in North Belfast. GRACE Women’s Development Limited is one of eight community groups taking part in the Communities in Action collaboration. Spiralling debt is an over-riding issue here. In this article, the group reports their findings using a video they’ve made and evidence they’ve gathered.

Taghnevan Community Development Association

Taghnevan is a housing estate in County Armagh. Taghnevan Community Development Association is one of eight community groups taking part in the Communities in Action (CiA) collaboration. People here are particularly worried about the future prospects of local young people.

A sensible national minimum wage policy can boost pay without harming unemployment, and without large offsetting declines in working hours or non-wage benefits, according to a new discussion paper from the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

Dr Lee Gregory

In principle, credit unions and time banks could have provided an alternative source of financial support during the crisis. But, as Dr Lee Gregory shows, that has not really happened.

Plans to provide 5,000 job and training opportunities for households in Wales in which no-one has a job are at the heart of new Welsh Government plans to tackle poverty.

The plans are an updated version of those published by the Welsh Government in June 2012.

Almost 2,500 households had their housing benefit cut during the first six weeks of the new cap on overall benefit payments, according to results from the initial phase running in four London boroughs.

The concept of 'intergenerational poverty' is of doubtful validity and lacks an evidence base, according to a review by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Policy-makers should aim to raise the share of wages in the economy as a key part of efforts to escape from the global economic recession, says a new pamphlet from the Trades Union Congress.

A new model of growth, inequality and poverty has been developed that allows forecasts to be made of both the scale and location of future poverty under different assumptions. The model is described in a paper by researchers for a United Nations development forum based in Brazil.

The global economic crash of 2007 resulted in widening income inequalities in the UK during the years that immediately followed it, according to a new study from the London School of Economics.

Poverty and inequality in London worsened during the course of the 2000s, particularly during the global recession from 2008 onwards, according to a new report from the London School of Economics.  

The last Labour government made 'considerable' progress on its chosen objectives of reducing child and pensioner poverty, but had little impact on overall inequality, according to a major study of its time in office (1997–2010).

The cost of a minimum acceptable standard of living has risen by a quarter since the start of the economic downturn, according to a new analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Simon Pemberton, Eileen Sutton, Eldin Fahmy

This working paper provides a review of the qualitative evidence base relating to the experience of poverty and social exclusion in the UK for which to date few systematic reviews exist.  Its principal objective is to identify gaps in the current evidence base in order to inform the design a

Over half a million more children will have been forced into poverty by 2015 as a result of the coalition government's public spending cuts and tax and benefit changes, according to a report from the official children's rights watchdog for England.

Newly unemployed people will be forced to wait seven days, instead of three days currently, before being able to claim benefits. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of a statement on public spending plans for 2015-16.

Coalition government ministers have been guilty of consistently abusing official statistics in order to paint a false picture of benefit claimants, according to disability campaigners.

People on low incomes are more likely to live in areas of high material deprivation from which they find it physically difficult to escape, according to a new academic study of geographical mobility from Manchester University.

Stephen Crossley

In all the talk of tackling child poverty, one group has been largely ignored, children of refugees and asylum seekers. Stephen Crossley reports on poverty amongst this 'minority within a minority' and the role local agencies should play.

The 'Troubled Families' programme in England is to be expanded, the coalition government has announced.

Professor John Veit-Wilson

The idea that if poverty is relative it will always be with us is a common misconception, argues John Veit-Wilson. 'Relative poverty' can be abolished if no one has fewer resources than needed to achieve that society’s minimum standards.

Public discussion of housing benefit is heavily influenced by negative attitudes towards claimants, according to a report from the Fabian Society think tank.

The existing economic model traps too many people in Scotland in a cycle of economic hardship, argues a new report from Oxfam. Allocating resources in a more effective and sustainable way could help to tackle poverty and inequality, it says, and deliver lasting social change.

Governments in Europe and the US need to re-examine the effectiveness of tax and benefit systems in redistributing income among the working-age population, says a research paper from the OECD in Paris.

Inequality in the United States is greater today than at almost any time in the last century, according to a new report. It points out that gaps in income and wealth also run deeper in the USA than those in virtually any other democratic and developed economy.

Key markets for utilities and financial services are failing those on the lowest incomes, says a new report. It calculates that higher prices for utilities and credit – the 'poverty premium' – can raise the cost of a minimum household budget by around 10 per cent.

The percentage of people living in households with an 'absolute' low income was 17 per cent (before housing costs) in 2011-12 – nearly a million higher than when the coalition government took office in 2010-11 – according to the latest official Households Below Average Income (HBAI) statistical r

Greater targeting of benefits on low-income groups does not lead to a smaller reduction in poverty and inequality, contrary to one influential theory, according to a new paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn.

Salvatore Babones

Despite using a 40-year old absolute standard, child poverty in the US has increased dramatically from 14% to 22% as Salvatore Babones reports here.

Changes in the number of jobless households don't explain very much of the diversity in poverty rates in Europe during the economic upswing prior to 2008, according to a new paper from Eurostat, the EU's statistical body.

Country-level labour market institutions and welfare state polices have a 'small but highly significant' role in explaining how in-work poverty varies between European countries, according to a paper from an EU-funded research project.

Why do European countries differ from one another much more on measures of  material deprivation than on measures of income poverty? The reasons for this mismatch have been explored by researchers working on an EU-funded project.

Labour's plans for reforming the social security system – and controlling the benefits bill – have been set out by the party's leader, Ed Miliband MP.

Dr Liam Foster

The financial crisis has demonstrated weaknesses in many pension schemes. Changes need to place women at the heart of the pension debate argues Liam Foster.

High levels of child poverty are currently costing the country at least £29 billion each year, or £1,098 per household, according to new calculations prepared by Loughborough University for the Child Poverty Action Group.

A new model for estimating future trends in global inequality and poverty has been put forward by researchers at the Center for Global Development in Washington. They say their model allows for 'systematic, methodologically transparent' estimates.

Household wealth is highest among those aged 45–64 and among those living in the south east region, according to a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics based on the Wealth and Assets Survey.

A high proportion of the world's population who were living in poverty up to 2000 are still in poverty today, according to a study from the Brooks World Poverty Institute in Manchester.

Downward pressures on wages are holding back economic recovery in the UK and other advanced countries, according to the latest edition of the International Labour Organization’s World of Work report.

Disabled people in Scotland are having to go without essentials such as food, heating and clothes to make up for the loss in their income caused by the 'bedroom tax', say campaigners.

Reforms to the education and tax/benefit systems in the US could help to reduce income inequality and relative poverty, according to a working paper from the OECD in Paris.

The number of people in food poverty is not being monitored properly, and could total more than half a million, according to a report from Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is to be called in front of the Work and Pensions Select Committee in June over the misuse by the department of government statistics.

The Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps MP, has been criticised by the official statistics watchdog for making misleading statements on incapacity benefit claims.

Counting the number of people living in poverty worldwide is difficult, says a new paper, but there are a number of things that can be done to improve the quality of data.

The legacy of ideas and evidence left by sociologist Peter Townsend (who died in 2009) remain 'profoundly relevant' in 21st century Britain, according to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Estimates of poverty for particular household types are significantly altered when account is taken of the distributional impact of public services, according to a new working paper prepared by Eurostat, the European Commission's statistical body.

The 'crisis' of worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK cannot be blamed on the global economic recession, according to a new report from a right-of-centre think tank linked to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP. 

Some 'encouraging' results have been reported from attempts to compare people's exposure to poverty across different European countries, says a paper from Eurostat, the European Commission's statistical body.

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