Blog posts by Donald Hirsch

For young adults the price of independence has never been higher

by Donald Hirsch

One in four young adults living alone now survives on less than half of what they need - less than £12 per day, says Donald Hirsch.

Does Universal Credit make work pay?

by Donald Hirsch

Making work pay is trickier than it sounds, says Donald Hirsch.

The worst five years for struggling families

by Donald Hirsch

A decade of progress in reducing family deprivation is being steadily unwound, says Donald Hirsch.

Allowing children to grow up in poverty remains a false economy

by Donald Hirsch

Spending money to take children out of poverty would be less costly than the alternative, says Donald Hirsch.

#Budget2013 will not stem the rising tide of poverty

by Donald Hirsch

The Chancellor's childcare announcement made a welcome move to help with the cost of living, says Donald Hirsch. But for those on the lowest incomes, the direction has all been backwards.

Static incomes + inflation = falling living standards

by Donald Hirsch

Donald Hirsch illustrates the effect of inflation on our real cash incomes.

The living wage: where morality and economics meet

by Donald Hirsch

For some time I have been puzzling about why the ‘living wage’ should be taking off as a concept just at a time when it might seem least affordable. After all, private employers are finding things far tougher than a few years back when there was easy credit and soaring demand, while public employers see budgets pared to the bone.

Welfare reform: Heads I win, tails you lose

by Donald Hirsch

What is more important: benefits linked to what is happening to everyone else in the country? Or protecting claimants' absolute income level?

When general prosperity falls, does the minimum acceptable income fall too?

by Donald Hirsch

As the average person becomes better off, what happens to the minimum that people need to participate in society at an acceptable level?

Relative #ukpoverty does not always fall in recessions

by Donald Hirsch

The road ahead looks bleak for the living standards of low-income families with children. Their living standards are already in serious decline compared to what people define as an essential minimum.