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26 May 2015

Income poverty affects third of UK population

19.3 million people had disposable income of below 60% of national median in at least one year between 2010 and 2013 Almost a third of the UK population experienced income poverty in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, official data shows. The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Wednesday,…

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6 April 2015

Why the surge in Muslim prisoners?

It’s a crime mystery. Why has there been a surge in the number of Muslim prisoners? In 2002, 5,502 prisoners in England and Wales said they were Muslim. Three years later, the number had risen to 7,246 and almost a decade on, by December 2014, it had reached 12,225. OK, I hear you say, the…

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14 November 2014

Low-paid workers unable to escape poverty trap – report

Only one in four workers who were low-paid in 2001 managed to move on to higher pay after a decade, says social mobility study. The extent to which low-paid workers in the UK stay trapped in poverty is highlighted by a report showing only one in four workers who were low-paid in 2001 – and…

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10 October 2014

Breadline Britain: 1 in 5 workers paid less than living wage

One in five British workers are paid less than the living wage, a study showed today. Some 4.82 million UK workers receive less than the living wage, the rate of pay designed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living, the KPMG research showed. The rate is currently £8.30 an hour in London…

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30 September 2014

Poverty policies should be independently monitored

The performance of future governments in tackling poverty should be monitored by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) as part of a necessary “seismic shift” in public policy, a leading charity says. In a report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says the government needs to transform its approach from treating the symptoms of poverty to…

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9 September 2014

Cost of living in the UK in 2014 (VIDEO)

How much money do you need for an ‘adequate’ standard of living? Courtesy of Joseph Rowntree Foundaton

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