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Why are essential social care workers so undervalued?

by John Kennedy

Ahead of BBC’s ‘Protecting Our Parents’ series, John Kennedy highlights the demanding and often undervalued nature of social care work.

How to close the stark employment gap between young people from different ethnic backgrounds

by Ceri Hughes

Young people from Black and some Asian ethnic backgrounds continue to face the biggest challenges in the job market, a new report has found. Ceri Hughes looks at what can be done.

Evidence alone won't bring about social change

by Claire Ainsley

When it comes to social change, we have a wealth of inspiring evidence. But, says Claire Ainsley, there are other ingredients needed to get the recipe right.

Poorest face a council tax bill increase five times the average

by Sabrina Bushe

Poorer families are facing year-on-year cuts in the safety net following changes to Council Tax Support, says Sabrina Bushe.

The unique challenges dementia presents for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

by Philly Hare

Living well with dementia can be an even greater challenge if you come from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community, says Philly Hare.

The Great Housing Disaster: do private landlords risk becoming the new bankers?

by Danny Dorling

Private landlords risk gaining the same reputation as bankers in Britain’s housing crisis, warns Danny Dorling. In his new book he says that the UK housing market is fuelling a 'prince and pauper' future.

What could the world of work look like in 2030?

by Helen Beck

Low-skilled workers face the biggest challenges over the next two decades - but that’s only half the story, says Helen Beck.

Declining incomes and rising poverty: Northern Ireland is falling behind the rest of the UK

by Adam Tinson

Northern Ireland has been hard hit by a weak labour market and growing unemployment, says Adam Tinson.

Budget 2014: Pension reform means little if you’ve got nothing to put in the retirement pot

by Claire Turner

The Budget delivered measures for better-off pensioners and savers – but the poorest have little to save, says Claire Turner.

Budget 2014: Welfare cap protects wealthier claimants, not those in greatest need

by Chris Goulden

The government's newly-announced welfare cap will disproportionately target benefits claimed by the least well off, says Chris Goulden.