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Reducing in-work support without increasing take-home pay first will mean low-earning families fall even further short of a decent living standard, says Julia Unwin.
Aleks Collingwood reflects on the what the statistics on Households Below Average Income show us - and what they don't reveal.
We need to face up to inequalities, and find solutions, to reduce poverty in a fair way, says Jim McCormick.
People with dementia have a voice. But, says blogger Wendy Mitchell, the three episodes of Dementiaville failed to show the perspective of anyone living with dementia.
There are two options for making Council Tax Support more sustainable and halting the growth in debts, says Tom Peters.
Linking rents directly to incomes can make the housing market work, says Brian Robson.
Are people from low-income families held back by ‘poshness tests’ for jobs, or is the UK doing well on social mobility? The debate is failing to address the underlying issues, says Helen Barnard.
#Dementiaville’s respectful approach is welcome and significant, but the voices of people living with dementia have yet to be heard, says Katherine Blaker.
People’s age is putting them at a disadvantage in the labour market, says Claire Turner, with changes over time creating ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’.
Cutting the deficit while reducing poverty and improving prospects is a mighty challenge – is anyone checking policies for their impact on people in poverty? asks Helen Barnard.
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