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How people living with dementia can direct community projects

by Katherine Blaker

Involving people with dementia in funding decisions has been a ground-breaking project, says Katherine Blaker in Dementia Awareness Week.

Improving London living standards means carefully coordinating services and policies

by Frank Soodeen

Rising costs and lagging incomes are squeezing Londoners’ incomes. Frank Soodeen looks at how living standards could be improved.

What impact does the rising employment rate have on poverty?

by Catherine Davie

Labour Market Statistics released yesterday show employment is at its highest since records began, and unemployment is decreasing rapidly, says Catherine Davie. But what impact does this have on poverty?

Is Benefits Street leading us down the wrong path?

by Alex Willmott

As the controversial Channel 4 documentary returns, Alex Willmott asks whether the media paints an accurate picture of poverty.

Prime Minister’s real test lies ahead

by Julia Unwin

David Cameron's victory speech has given a clear indication of the direction of the next parliament, says Julia Unwin. The emphasis on compassionate Conservatism gives us cause to hope the reforming Cameron with social justice at the heart of his mission, somehow lost in coalition and deficit reduction, is back.

The election: an opportunity for a shared approach to tackling the high levels of poverty in this country

by Julia Unwin

We’re into the final week of the election campaign and a lot is at stake, says Julia Unwin.

We need to look at the full picture when it comes to employment rates

by Aleks Collingwood

Employment rates, work and jobs are dominating the news in the run up to the Election. The big labour market story over the last couple of years has been the rising number of people in employment. Employment rates are now at an historic high – a really positive story for families across the UK - and Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, pointed out last week that the Coalition Government has presided over a jobs boom, with 60% of jobs being full time (and employed, not self-employed).

Wales’ new child poverty strategy will make a difference – but it still needs more clout

by Frank Soodeen

With almost a third of children in poverty, Wales’ approach to tackling poverty must leave no stone unturned, says Frank Soodeen.

What future for Universal Credit?

by Chris Goulden

Universal Credit can’t reduce poverty on its own, says Chris Goulden.

The poorer you are, the less likely you are to vote

by Alvin Carpio

With days until voter registration closes and less than three weeks until the polls open, Alvin Carpio looks at the link between poverty and voting at the 2010 General Election – and voting intentions for the 2015 General Election.