The latest Institute for Fiscal Studies election briefing shows that the increase in household income is largely concentrated amongst middle income households, which the report says is ‘in line with the distributional impact of recent tax and benefit changes’.
Lower income households have faced higher inflation due to rising food and energy prices, whilst high income households have experienced a decrease in income due to the fall in real earnings following the recession.
Three landmark reports have called for a shakeup of the UK's skills system. The UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) has called for a cross party plan for skills; the Digital Skills Commitee has called for action on digital skills across six areas and Nesta has warned about the impact of children being left behind without adequate digital skills.
Youth Charity YMCA, has published the 'Two Futures' report which has encouraged that finance, resource and opportunities are directed towards those young people left without employment as a result of the recent economic crisis.
The government’s rough sleeping statistics released last week show a 14 per cent increase in the numbers of people sleeping rough in England, compared with Autumn 2013.
The data shows that the figures for London have increased by 37 per cent, which represents an increase above the national average, along with the north-east, north-west and the south-west.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have this week reported on the state of low pay across the UK. The TUC analysis of official figures showed that one in five jobs across the UK pays less than the living wage, but in some constituencies such as Birmingham Northfield and Kingswood over half of the employees are paid less than the living wage.
A new report from Drugscope shows that there has been a reduction of funding for drug treatment services which has impacted negatively on the quality of provision. The report, ‘State of the Sector 2014 – 2015’, was released in the same week that David Cameron proposed to cut claimants’ benefits if they refused treatment for weight and addiction issues.
Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has spoken out against high rates of youth unemployment, calling on ministers to address the problem. An analysis of official figures has shown that young people aged 16 – 24 are three times more likely to be unemployed, compared with the rest of the population.
Maximus has told the BBC that it plans to conduct one million ‘disability checks’ in order to respond to the 600,000 person backlog left by Atos after the company left the contract early last year.