Does Universal Credit make work pay?

by Donald Hirsch

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

Delivering the Pupil Premium

by Helen Barnard

We have confirmation of the importance of the Pupil Premium, but better support is needed to make sure it delivers, say Helen Barnard.

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.

How widespread is forced labour in the UK?

by Louise Woodruff

Forced labour is a disturbing aspect of the UK’s labour market. We need to do more to prevent the several thousand victims suffering this crime each year and ensure supply chains are slavery-free, says Louise Woodruff.

Jobseeker's Allowance changes will not help more people into work

by Chris Goulden

The cap on DWP’s spending in today's spending review was expected, but the list of benefits included in the cap is surprising, says Chris Goulden.

What can housing providers do to help those most at risk of debt during welfare reform?

by Jacquie Dale

Household debt can affect a wide range of households, and the situation is becoming more complex, says Jacquie Dale.

Comprehensive Spending Review: tackling poverty is about more than just spending

by Gordon Hector

Next week is the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Gordon Hector outlines JRF’s thinking on the CSR, public spending and poverty.

If minority ethnic people do better at school, why are they paid less in work?

by Helen Barnard

Despite their success in education, people from minority ethnic groups are still disadvantaged in the labour market, says Helen Barnard.

Is age becoming as important as social class in determining poverty?

by Claire Turner

Age and social class both matter when it comes to poverty, says Claire Turner, as she looks at trends from the latest poverty statistics.

The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services

by Katie Schmuecker

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society. Regulators and the government need to do more, says Katie Schmuecker. 

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