Policy area: Welfare

Reports

Shifting priorities? Employer responsibility in the third year of the cost of living crisis

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation looks at how employers are supporting their workers with rising costs. Work Foundation analysis shows that low paid workers are vulnerable to the continued cost of living crisis as only 30% of British firms plan above inflation pay rises this year. Our new report with the...

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Lonely nation

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice offers a new perspective on loneliness and social isolation. Loneliness in Britain is worse than ever. During 2023 a quarter of the population felt regularly lonely, a figure that has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the UK leading the way in launching the...

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When I’m 64: A strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society presents a strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age. People usually associate the years before state pension age with affluence, not poverty. But the UK is facing a hidden poverty crisis among 60 to 65-year-olds. A quarter of people aged 60 to 65 live in...

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Investing in trusted relationships

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at the economic value of 'Football Beyond Borders' impact on children's wellbeing. PBE research for Football Beyond Borders uses exciting new ways of measuring impact to evaluate the difference a trusted adult can make to the wellbeing of children at greatest risk of exclusion. Children’s...

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Fixing the roof while the sun shines

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at improving energy bill support for the coming winter. With high energy prices remaining this winter there is still a strong case for providing energy bill support. This Social Market Foundation briefing looks at the potential for reforming the Warm Homes Discount to provide...

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Illustrating the relationship between poverty and NHS services

This report from UK think tank The King's Fund illustrates the relationship between poverty and NHS services. Currently it is estimated that more than one in five people in the UK are living in poverty. Living in poverty has a profound impact on people’s health and how they use NHS services. From greater prevalence of...

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Sovereign Wealth funds: what’s the big idea… and what could it mean for Britain?

This report from UK think tank Civitas sets out a definition and understanding of sovereign wealth funds. Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are often discussed as government-owned investment funds with their benefits returning to the government and citizens – and which invests its assets according to the interests of the national sovereign sponsor. They play an...

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State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewal

This report from UK think tank IPPR assesses our current course and proposes five priority areas for a decade of renewal. The North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives. Regional inequality is a major...

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Wealth generation

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how to boost income mobility in the UK. Many argue that income mobility is declining. This applies to all types of income mobility (relative and absolute; intergenerational and intragenerational). As remedies, those who worry and others who want to improve mobility tend...

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The UK Insecure Work Index 2024

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation suggests that work has become less secure in the UK in the last year. New in-depth research suggests that work has become less secure in the UK in the last year as workers have faced the worst cost of living crisis for 41 years. Three in...

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Caring for carers

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society offers policy options for carers' employment and financial protection. Carers make a massive contribution to society which all too often goes unrecognised, unsupported and unrewarded. The value of unpaid care has been estimated as almost equivalent to a second NHS, yet 44 per cent of working-age...

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Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment support

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at tackling precarity in social security and employment support. Across the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty. This paper advocates for two...

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Drowning not waving

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice outlines a bleak future without urgent action to support Scotland’s vital charity sector. In September 2023, the CSJ office in Scotland embarked on a mission to understand the challenges faced by grassroots charities. Through polling 1,000 people in Scotland and engaging with 80 charity...

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Creating a Britain that works and cares

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice proposes several key policies to facilitate carers’ participation in the labour market. In 2021-22 alone, nearly 400,000 carers had to leave their jobs to care for older or disabled family members. Despite this, there’s a strong desire among carers to engage in paid employment,...

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Cooped up

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute quantifies the cost of housing restriction. This paper classes the removal of restrictions as allowing owners of existing dwellings to redevelop their properties so they are up to 8 stories tall. Our model found that liberalising these restrictions would boost the welfare of every person...

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Ahead of the Spring Budget we look at how Universal Credit could be reformed in the recovery from Covid-19. For Universal Credit to provide an adequate safety net it must be properly funded By Paul Hackett (The Smith Institute) If Universal Credit is to provide an adequate safety net it must be properly funded. Making...

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