We believe that poverty is damaging to individuals and to society. We're determined to reduce it.
We want to use our money to be most effective in achieving change for people and places in poverty, while we plan for the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society. These aims show how we are prioritising our research, development and practice work to achieve this, as well as our business as an employer.
For over 100 years, we have investigated the root causes of poverty, monitoring its effects on people and places in the UK. Today, in a context of globalisation, financial and economic strain, austerity measures and extensive welfare reform, those at greatest risk are the poorer members of our society.
But poverty isn't just about money. We want to understand exactly how much money does matter, and its interplay with other factors such as housing, education, aspirations and culture.
We will search for practical strategies to reduce poverty, and wider social and economic inequalities, focusing particularly on the contribution that work, skills and economic growth can play now and in the future.
In the next three years, we will be a place to get the facts about poverty and inequality.