Welcome to the JRF blog, where our experts comment on topical social issues and new research on the themes of poverty, place and ageing society. We encourage comments and discussion – please read our comments policy.

The benefits cap: a few people got jobs (for now) or moved house; the majority just got poorer

by Helen Barnard

The benefits cap is getting more people into work, says new research. Helen Barnard asks whether this is all good news.

Loneliness affects us all and we need to act

by Tracey Robbins

The BBC's #take10 campaign is not the first attempt to highlight the issue of loneliness, and - says Tracey Robbins - we need to make sure we all act to prevent it.

Hunger inquiry shows why we urgently need a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy

by Helen Barnard

Rising living costs and poorly-paid jobs are at the heart of poverty in the UK, says Helen Barnard.

By ducking the childcare challenge, the Smith Commission falls short on poverty reduction

by James McCormick

Will further devolution help to reduce poverty in Scotland? Jim McCormick examines the Smith report to find out.

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

by Helen Barnard

Universal Credit must be made to work. But it can’t lower poverty unless it is part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, says Helen Barnard.

Why the Modern Slavery Bill still needs more clout

by Frank Soodeen

It’s a powerful piece of legislation, but it needs fine-tuning and time is running out, says Frank Soodeen.

From planting gardens to planting ideas – what we’re doing to make life better for people with dementia

by Philly Hare

The UK Dementia Congress helps us reflect on the many ways we can improve our communities for people with dementia, says Philly Hare.

Want to raise living standards? Pay the Living Wage if you mean business

by Katie Schmuecker

CBI proposals to improve living standards for low-income families are welcome, says Katie Schmuecker - but could employers be doing more?

Public says decent jobs are the best way to reduce poverty

by Ben Page

With awareness of poverty at an all-time high, people believe higher wages are the solution, says Ben Page. 

Leaders call for greater ambition on climate justice

by Julian Dobson

The Scottish Government, experts and academics urged participants at the third Glasgow Caledonian University ‘dialogue’ on climate justice to raise their game in influencing political and civic leaders. Julian Dobson reports.