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Child poverty rates highlighted as forthcoming report features in the Evening Standard

The Evening Standard used figures from the upcoming new London Poverty Profile report in its piece on child poverty in the social housing and private rented sector this week. Part of David Cohen's series looking at life on Brixton's Angell... Read more...

We're working on the 2015 edition, due for release this October

If you've been wondering why there's been so little activity on this website of late, it's because we've been busy working on the next report. London's Poverty Profile 2015 will update our analysis with the most recent official data across... Read more...

Four new debt indicators added

Four new indicators have been added to the debt section of the website. Two of these look at debt relief order awards, the first comparing London and the rest of England and the second comparing London boroughs. The other two... Read more...

Analysis: the overlapping impacts of benefit changes in London

The current government has introduced a range of benefit changes with the aim of reducing welfare expenditure. The biggest cuts have been to housing benefit. As a result the impact has been particularly severe in London where both the proportion... Read more...

Updated income poverty indicators

Three income poverty indicators have been updated to include the latest data from Households Below Average Income (HBAI). These are on income poverty before and after housing costs, by age and by work status.... Read more...

Analysis: the overall benefit cap has hit London families hardest

Of the 46,000 households that have been affected by the introduction of the overall benefit cap in April 2013, 21,000 (46%) have been in London. This is due to high housing costs, where a significant proportion of the income received... Read more...

Updated indicator: unemployment by borough

New analysis of local unemployment figures is now available showing the average rate of unemployment in the working age population over 2011/13. Visit the indicator for more information... Read more...

Update of affordable homes completion data

The data on the extent to which local authorities have been meeting their affordable homes targets as set out by the London Plan of 2011 has been updated to include 2012/13. Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark have all built over 1,300... Read more...

Analysis: why has the impact of the bedroom tax been different in London?

London boroughs have a lower rate of social tenant households affected by the bedroom tax than the GB average, but the average hit has been higher. The shortage of housing is acute in London and the existing stock needs to... Read more...

More Londoners on temporary contracts

A new indicator has been added to the LPP which shows the number of Londoners employed through temporary contracts since 2004. It shows an increase of 37,000 temporary workers between the crash (2008) and the latest available data (2013). Whilst... Read more...

Analysis: self-employment has led the jobs recovery in London but what does this mean for poverty?

The labour market recovery in London, which has been led by the growth in self-employment, has gathered pace since 2012 with recent growth in the number of employees. However, real incomes among the self-employed have been falling at a faster... Read more...

Analysis: Discretionary Housing Payments in London

Last year, local authorities were given special funds to help housing benefit claimants struggling with welfare changes. Our analysis shows how London's boroughs spent this money, revealing differences with the rest of the country and within London.... Read more...

London dominates new list of child poverty by area

The End Child Poverty campaign has today published new figures showing that London contains 14 out of the top 20 local authorities with the highest rates of child poverty across the UK. The top three local authorities for levels of... Read more...

Analysis: sanctions for jobseekers in London

One of the biggest changes in the welfare system over the last few years has not been a new benefit, but a change to an old one. In 2012, a new regime of sanctions was introduced for job-seekers allowance (JSA)... Read more...

Analysis: the impact of Council Tax Support changes in London

Following the localisation of Council Tax Benefit in April 2013 many recipients saw a reductions in levels of support. This blog analyses the changes of the change for London boroughs.... Read more...

Update of low pay in London data

In 2013, 640,000 jobs in London were low paid (paid less than the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour). In 2007 420,000 jobs were low paid (when the London Living Wage was £7.25 per hour). The percentage of... Read more...

Launch of Londonmapper

Our sister site, Londonmapper, launched this week. Like London's Poverty Profile, it is funded by Trust for London. It is a social atlas of the capital, developed by Professor Danny Dorling and Dr Ben Hennig at University of Oxford. This... Read more...

State of Children's Rights in London

For the first time, the Children's Rights Alliance England has analysed the extent to which children in London enjoy their rights. Based on statistics, freedom of information requests and focus groups with children and young people, the report uncovers huge... Read more...

Impact of Local Government Spending Cuts in London

Hard Times, New Directions? The Impact of the Local Government Spending Cuts in London This new report by The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE contains an independent estimate of the size of the cuts to local government... Read more...

Tough times for London's young

London attracts increasing numbers of young people seeking opportunities. The number of 16 to 24 year olds living in London has now reached 1 million. However, London's Poverty Profile 2013 shows that: Unemployment for this age group has risen from... Read more...

London is still England's poverty capital

Although London is leading the country out of the recession, it is not lifting Londoners out of poverty. The 4th edition of London's Poverty Profile shows London's problems with child poverty, young adult unemployment, low pay and high housing costs:... Read more...

London's changing poverty patterns

The latest London's Poverty Profile shows the shifting pattern of poverty in the capital. Our new report shows the profile of London poverty is changing: poverty continues to shift from workless to working households and from social housing to the... Read more...

Launch of London's Poverty Profile 2013

The latest report in the London's Poverty Profile series launched today, 17 October 2013. Following the media launch on Monday, today's event at Museum of London welcomed MPs, attendees from the GLA, London Councils, London boroughs and the voluntary sector... Read more...

50% Enfield private renters need benefits to meet housing costs

London's Poverty Profile 2013, launched today, shows that Enfield has the highest levels of private renting households needing housing benefit to cover their costs. The research, carried out by New Policy Institute (NPI) and commissioned by Trust for London finds... Read more...

Poorest Londoners Lost Quarter of Income in Crash

New research shows that incomes of the poorest Londoners fell by almost a quarter because of the financial crash, whilst for the wealthiest Londoners financial, physical, and property wealth increased. It also shows that poverty increased in most London neighbourhoods... Read more...

What Helps Homeless Stay in Work?

The findings of a major new research project following the stories of 50 homeless people as they moved into work, have been launched. Keeping Working: Longitudinal qualitative research on homeless people's experiences of starting and staying in work, shows that... Read more...

'Work Programme failing those most in need'

This is the conclusion of new analysis by London Councils of data from the Department for Work and Pensions. The report from London Councils finds that from April 2012 to March 2013 fewer than 5 per cent of the most... Read more...

FT maps impact of austerity

The Financial Times has published an interactive map of the impact of austerity on local authorities across the UK. Overall, six of London's boroughs are losing at least £600 per working age adult per year. The map also shows that... Read more...

1.6 million children in fuel poverty

The number of children living in fuel poverty has risen by 130,000 in the last two years to 1.6 million across the UK. The finding, from research by fuel poverty alliance, Energy Bill Revolution, was reported in the Evening Standard.... Read more...

100k more low-paid jobs in London

Analysis of the most recent data shows that the number of London jobs paying below the London Living Wage (LLW) has increased by 100,000 in the past year - taking the total to 580,000. Almost 1 in 5 Londoners working... Read more...

The first Living Wage Week

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, yesterday announced an increased rate for the London Living Wage, during the UK's first Living Wage Week. The London Living Wage has risen by 25p per hour to £8.55, based on the Greater London... Read more...

Fears that Food Banks may replace Social Fund

Concerns have been raised that the localisation of a reduced Social Fund budget will lead to some councils funding food banks, rather than providing emergency cash or loans. The social fund, currently administered by the Department for Work and Pensions... Read more...

London's population exceeds 8 million

London's population has grown by 850,000 to more than 8 million in the past decade, according to figures released from the 2011 Census. The population of England & Wales has grown overall by 3.7 million, but London has been the... Read more...

New London poverty data available

The most recent poverty statistics for London confirm the trends we have been highlighting on this site since 2009. Firstly, that the high housing costs in the capital contribute to its higher poverty levels and secondly that poverty is very... Read more...

Charities warn of 1m vulnerable families

Research for the NSPCC, Action for Children and The Children's Society estimates the number of 'vulnerable' families will rise to more than 1 million as a result of the recession and austerity measures. The report, by Landman Economics, defines vulnerable... Read more...

43% annual rise in London's rough sleeping

A total of 5,678 people were seen sleeping rough on London's streets in the financial year 2011/12 - representing a 43% increase on 2010/11. The figures were released by charity Broadway who manage the CHAIN database, based on information from... Read more...

Childcare is 'mission impossible'

Parents in London face a harder time than families anywhere else in the country when it comes to finding and paying for childcare, a new report shows. Daycare Trust's 2012 London childcare report, launched this week at City Hall, reveals... Read more...

London pupils beat national average at 11, 16 & 19

Children and young people in London now out-perform the English average in attaining required levels at 11, 16 and 19 years of age. This is despite lower 'development scores' when they start school at 5 years olds. New analysis of... Read more...

Work Foundation warning on long-term youth unemployed

The Work Foundation is calling for Government to prioritise tackling youth unemployment. Its new report highlights the particular challenges faced by long-term unemployed young people - now totaling 264,000 across the UK. The report's author, Dr Neil Lee, said: "The... Read more...

Lone parents hit by welfare reform

The charity Gingerbread is warning of the negative impacts likely to arise for lone parents with children aged 5 and 6, who have been moved onto Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) with only eight weeks' notice. This change comes about following the... Read more...

Housing Benefit claimants increase in London

20,000 more low-income households in private rented accommodation claimed Housing Benefit in London in 2011, compared with 2010. The increase offsets the introduction in April 2011 of a cap on how much a household can claim of this type of... Read more...

London's pay gap 50% wider than national average

Women in London experience a pay gap of almost 23 per cent - compared to a national average of less than 15 per cent. This means that for every £100 men take home, women will take home an average £77.... Read more...

Number of families in B&Bs triples

The number of families and pregnant women housed by local authorities in Bed & Breakfast accommodation has increased three-fold year-on-year: from 150 in the last quarter of 2010 to 450 in the last quarter of 2011. The figures were released... Read more...

73% rise in rough sleeping

Figures released this week show the number of new people sleeping on London's streets in March and April 2012 was 73 per cent higher than the same period last year. The numbers were collected by homelessness charity Broadway, which is... Read more...

Mayoral manifesto calls for action on child poverty

A coalition of charities are calling for action from the next Mayor to make London more family friendly and to tackle child poverty. The manifesto has 15 key challenges for candidates and has been endorsed by Trust for London, 4in10,... Read more...

Is London more unequal but less segregated?

The Centre for Analysis for Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE has been looking at what happened to poor neighbourhoods under New Labour in the 2000s as part of a major research project for the Trust for London. It found that... Read more...

Poverty moving from inner to outer London

Outer London has seen rising levels of poverty while the number of poorer areas in central London is reducing, according to a new analysis of the official Indices of Multiple Deprivation. The results for neighbourhoods, in a new report by... Read more...

Childcare costs rising up to 20 times faster than wages

A new survey from the Daycare Trust found that the average cost of nursery care in Britain for children under two rose by nearly 6% last year. In contrast, average wages rose by just 0.3%. The Daycare Trust's annual survey... Read more...

Ill health and poverty persist for 114 years

New research from Queen Mary, University of London, has found the persistence of poor health in pockets of deprivation that were mapped by Charles Booth in 1898-9. The researchers mapped people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly... Read more...

St Pancras cleaners strike over poor pay

Cleaners have picketed London St Pancras International station for 48 hours in protest at "poverty pay", The Guardian reports. The employees who work for Initial, part of the Rentokil Initial group, have taken strike action after receiving no pay rise... Read more...

JSA claims have grown fastest in London

The latest official figures for Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants shows the numbers increasing faster in London than in any other region, according to analysis by The Guardian. Although the proportion of people claiming JSA in London is lower than... Read more...

Supermarket staff 'live in poverty'

The Fair Pay Network has criticised the four largest supermarket chains - Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons - for paying their front-line staff less than the living wage. In a report just published, the Network claims that on average workers... Read more...

Government and Opposition promise limits on top pay

The Prime Minister has spoken out against excessive salaries, especially for 'failure'. Research from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests chief executives in 87 of the FTSE 100 companies took home an average of £5.1m in basic pay,... Read more...

Tower Hamlets 'worst area for child poverty in UK'

The End Child Poverty campaign has published a map of child poverty in the UK, which pinpoints the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as the area with the highest rate. More than half of children in the borough (52%) are... Read more...

"800,000 houses unaffordable under housing benefit changes"

Research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the Guardian newspaper has analysed the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance - the amount of housing benefit payable to low income households renting privately. CIH concluded... Read more...

London's new Housing Strategy out for consultation

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, this week put out a draft new Housing Strategy for public consultation. Responses are sought by 6 March 2012. The revised Housing Strategy will replace the Mayor's first strategy published in February 2010, and... Read more...

Is fuel poverty worse in London?

A new paper from the Greater London Authority suggests that fuel poverty may be higher in London than the national measure suggests. GLA Economics argues that the official Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) measure for fuel poverty underestimates... Read more...

British public attitudes to poverty harden

The National Centre for Social Research's 28th annual British Social Attitudes report found increasing numbers blaming poverty on "laziness" - more than 1 in 4 of respondents, compared with 15% in the mid 1990s. A majority (54%) now believe that... Read more...

Huge fall in building of new affordable homes

There has been a 99% reduction in the number of affordable homes in England funded by the the Homes and Communities Agency during the last few months as a result of the cuts announced in the government's spending review in... Read more...

'High pay at the top corrosive to the British economy'

The High Pay Commission has published its final report, Cheques with Balances: Why tackling high pay is in the national interest. The report documents the disproportionate increases in remuneration which have concentrated wealth in the top 0.1% and away from... Read more...

Average incomes rising much less than inflation

The median salary for a full-time worker in the UK rose 1.4% in 2011 to £26,244, against a headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate of 5% or higher, according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings from the... Read more...

Welfare reform risks 133,000 unable to afford rent

An estimated 133,000 households in London will be unable to afford their rent if proposed changes to the welfare system go ahead as planned, according to new research published by London Councils. London Councils, the umbrella organisation for London's 33... Read more...

Pay gap grows between top and middle earners

Recent research findings from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research show that the pay gap between top and mid-range earners is likely to widen. "The financial sector has taken a disproportionate share of economic growth, and it is... Read more...

GLA publishes child poverty update

The Greater London Authority's Intelligence unit has published new facts and figures on poverty in London. Key findings include: According to the HM Revenue and Customs measure of child poverty, 30 per cent of children in London were living in... Read more...

Public education spending to fall at fastest rate since 1950s

A new report commissioned by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, warns that total public spending on education in the UK will fall by over 13% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This represents the largest... Read more...

FTSE 100 directors' pay up by 50%

New figures released by Income Data Services reveal that remuneration of directors in FTSE 100 companies rose by 50% over the past year. Incomes Data Services (IDS) said this took the average pay for a director of a FTSE 100... Read more...

LSE to monitor poverty and inequality under the Coalition

Trust for London, in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Nuffield Foundation, has publicly launched a major new research programme on the impact of the recession, spending changes and the government's social policy reforms on inequality and poverty in the... Read more...

Is London the hardest region for poor children?

New research just published by Trust for London shows that London is one of the hardest places in the country to be poor for children and young adults. London's Poverty Profile, an annual report conducted by the New Policy Institute,... Read more...

Housing costs risk piling pressure on Outer London services

Our latest London's Poverty Profile report warns that the capital's housing costs are changing the character of London. As Inner London becomes less affordable, services in Outer London, which are already stretched, such as GPs surgeries, and schools, may come... Read more...

New London's Poverty Profile launched

A new London's Poverty Profile report was published today. The report updates a wide range of indicators on housing, work, health and income poverty to assess what has changed since the first report in 2009. The report includes a new... Read more...

Decade of rising poverty predicted

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a report forecasting income poverty for children and working age adults through to 2021. It predicts: A decline of 7% in average real incomes between now and 2012/13. A further 600,000 children... Read more...

Government housing policies assessed

A new report from The National Housing Federation, Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing warns that the Government is failing to deliver on its promises to boost housing supply and protect the vulnerable. The Housing Report assesses how the... Read more...

Childcare costs causing debt and poverty

A new survey of 4,500 parents across the UK by Daycare Trust and Save the Children, shows that almost a quarter have got into debt as a result of childcare costs. Parents in Britain spend almost a third of their... Read more...

Pay and rewards risen faster at the top

A report by the High Pay Commission says that average bonuses for directors of FTSE 350 companies have risen by 187% since 2002, without a corresponding rise in share prices. During this time, bosses' salaries rose by 63%, said the... Read more...

Mixed results on employment retention

The Department for Work and Pensions has published research that estimates the impact of an Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstration programme run by JobCentre Plus. The ERA pilot combined post-employment advisory support and financial incentives to help low-income individuals... Read more...

'1 in 4 London children overcrowded'

New analysis of the English Housing Survey by Shelter shows that 391,000 children (24%) in London are living in overcrowded households - an 18 per cent rise since 2008. The biggest rise is in the social rented sector, where 43... Read more...

Public support for tackling pay inequality

New research funded by Trust for London highlights a sense of injustice among many people about the way pay currently functions, even among some very high earners. Getting what we deserve?, by the Institute for Public Policy Research investigates the... Read more...

Living costs rising faster for families

The latest annual update of the minimum income standard (MIS) shows that, while living costs have risen by about 5%, families with children need to earn a lot more than that to meet the minimum income standard. MIS is based... Read more...

'Single mothers hit hardest by welfare changes'

New research from the Fawcett Society and the Institute for Fiscal Studies has challenged the Government's assertion that it is not possible to undertake a meaningful assessment of the different impact of its tax and benefit policies on women and... Read more...

Disabled people 'face additional debt difficulties'

A new report from Citizens Advice concludes that people with disabilities face extra difficulties in addressing debt problems because many creditors are not complying with the Equality Act. Citizens Advice helped more than 72,000 disabled people with debt issues last... Read more...

Will the Work Programme fail the most disadvantaged?

Concerns have been voiced that that the Government's new Work Programme will fail to help the most disadvantaged because of a lack of voluntary sector involvement. All but three of the 40 'prime' contractors under the Work Programme were awarded... Read more...

Incomes grew in 2009-2010 but future looks gloomy

A new report on income and inequality in the UK reveals that average take-home incomes continued to grow in 2009-10, despite the recession - but are set to go down in 2011-12 and beyond. The report by the Institute for... Read more...

Poor 'experience worse inflation'

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that poorer households have experienced higher inflation on average than richer households over the past decade. This difference has been especially marked since 2008 (during the recession) when the poorest fifth... Read more...

London's Latin American community low-paid and exploited

New research highlights that the Latin American community in London has increased significantly over the last decade and, although comparable in size to other large migrant and ethnic groups in the capital, its contribution and needs have largely been ignored.... Read more...

Child Poverty Action Group issues legal challenge to Government

Child Poverty Action Group has announced that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: Restriction of... Read more...

Women still behind in London's economy

Updated figures published by GLA Economics show that the position of women in the workforce remains essentially unchanged over the last decade. Policies to improve the proportion of women working in London and reduce the gender pay gap are having... Read more...

Government consults on new child poverty approach

The Government has launched a consultation on its approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances. As part of developing a long-term strategy, it is asking for contributions from a wide range of people including: Those representing and working... Read more...

IFS predicts rising poverty

A new study from the Institute of Fiscal Studies gives projections of relative and absolute income poverty among children and working-age adults for each year between 2010/11 and 2013/14. It predicts that hundreds of thousands more adults and children will... Read more...

London's poor hit harder by tax and benefit changes

In a piece of work commissioned by BBC Radio London 94.9, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) researchers have analysed the impact on households in London of the changes in taxes and benefits due to come into effect by 2014-15 and... Read more...

New information on rough sleeping

London's Poverty Profile has created a new page on rough sleeping in London, with information about the Mayor's current strategy and findings from a recent survey by charity, Homeless Link. Though this is the most visible and extreme form of... Read more...

In-work poverty on the rise in London

New research commissioned by Trust for London from New Policy Institute highlights how the recession has accelerated the growth of in-work poverty in the capital. Across London there has been a dramatic increase in in-work poverty. Over 300,000 more Londoners... Read more...

Recession impacts most on East and Outer London

Poverty in the capital has become increasingly polarised according to new research measuring the impact of the recession, from New Policy Institute and Trust for London. Launched on 12 October 2010, London's Poverty Profile: Reporting on the recession, shows that... Read more...

New data available on London's debt

London's Poverty Profile has added a new section on debt to this website. This is the first systematic analysis of the capital's debt problems and it shows that 8% (230,000) of London households are in arrears with bills, compared to... Read more...

New report on lifting families out of poverty

Save the Children has published an in-depth report which explores the issue of employment as a way out of poverty for parents, using case study interviews and outlining potential wholesale reforms to the benefits system. Benefiting from work costs a... Read more...

London's public sector exhibits lower standards of living

In its submission to the Hutton Review into public sector pay, the Greater London Authority (GLA) highlighted the following evidence: Already London's public sector exhibits higher vacancy rates, lower standards of living and a relatively large proportion of workers living... Read more...

Public funding cuts hit the poorest hardest

New Institute for Fiscal Studies research makes use of analysis published by the Department for Work and Pensions and attempts to reflect the impact of all the benefit cuts announced in the coalition Government's first Budget. It shows that, once... Read more...

City Parochial becomes Trust for London

City Parochial Foundation, the independent charitable trust who commissioned and manages London's Poverty Profile, amalgamated with its sister fund Trust for London on 30 June 2010. Our new organisation will be known as Trust for London and will continue to... Read more...

VAT rise will hit the poor hardest

The rise in VAT is likely to disproportionately affect the poorest families, according to Save the Children. VAT on goods and services is going up from 17.5% to 20% from 4 January 2011. Food, children's clothes, newspaper and books will... Read more...

Mayor announces increase in Living Wage

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that he is increasing the London Living Wage to £7.85 per hour, a rise of 25p. The rise represents an increase of 3.3 per cent on last year's figure, and an overall... Read more...

London the 'most unequal city in the West', says academic

London has become the most unequal city in the western world, according to a leading academic. 'Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists', a new book by Professor Danny Dorling of the University of Sheffield, shows that the richest tenth of Londoners... Read more...

New National Minimum Wage rates announced

The Government has accepted recommendations from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the new rates for the National Minimum Wage, which will come into force on 1 October 2010. The new hourly rates will be: £5.93 for workers aged 21... Read more...

'Worklessness costs London £5bn a year'

New research commissioned by London Councils suggests that worklessness costs the capital more than £5 billion a year with 1.5 million people out of work in London - around 30 per cent of the working age population. The figure of... Read more...

Bus fare rise hits low-paid Londoners

Low paid workers who rely on public transport to get to work have been hit especially hard by the higher fares on London's buses and tubes that came into effect at the start of the New Year, according to Peter... Read more...

London's children in deepest poverty

Research published by Save the Children shows that a higher proportion of London's children are living in severe poverty than in any other region in the UK. The research found that, at the end of 2008, 13% of children in... Read more...

JRF launches housing and neighbourhood website

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has launched a new website which offers analysis of key housing and neighbourhoods trends across the UK. It has been developed as part of JRF's Housing and Neighbourhoods Monitor project. The site aims to: provide a... Read more...

Poverty in Hammersmith

Hammersmith United Charities have published a report by London School of Economics on four low income estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The report outlines the levels of deprivation in the four areas and sets this evidence... Read more...

Focus on London 2009 published

Bringing together a range of research, Focus on London contains facts and figures about the capital on everything from London's longest rivers, to its tallest buildings, busiest tube lines, top tourist attractions and favourite football teams. The report, which has... Read more...

London Child Poverty Awards

Nominations have opened for the London Child Poverty Awards. The awards aim to celebrate organisations and individuals delivering inspirational work to support families in London across six categories. London Councils is sponsoring the 'Corporate Commitment' award. The closing date for... Read more...

Recession poverty risk for BME Women

Ethnic minority women are amongst the poorest and most socially excluded people in the UK, and may suffer most in the recession, according to a new report by Fawcett and Oxfam. Poverty Pathways, published as part of Seeing Double, Fawcett's... Read more...

Government reviews impact of recession

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have published a report considering the impact of the recession across demographic groups of age, gender, race and disability. The report explores how the recession... Read more...

Londoners face debt crisis

Capitalise - London's Debt Advice Partnership - has published a report identifying the trends in personal debt and demands on free face-to-face debt advice services in London. Key findings include: The average level of debt amongst Londoners seeking free debt... Read more...

Child poverty duty to become law

Ministers have announced plans to introduce a bill, which will make it a legal duty for the government, local authorities and other organisations to help to end child poverty across the UK. The goal of eradicating child poverty by 2020... Read more...

London Living Wage increases

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced an increase in the London Living Wage to £7.60 per hour, a rise of 15p (or 2 per cent) from last year's figure. In making the announcement, the Mayor's Office cited the... Read more...

London's Poverty Profile welcomed

London's Poverty Profile was warmly welcomed at its launch on 19 May by the Minister for London and Minister of State for Employment & Welfare Reform, Tony McNulty MP, and Anthony Browne, Policy Director for the Mayor of London. Anthony... Read more...

London's Poverty Profile launched

London has the highest rates of poverty and inequality of any region in the country according to new research from the Trust for London and the New Policy Institute, launched on 19 May 2009. London's Poverty Profile is the first... Read more...

New research about Latin American community in London

Trust for London and Latin American Women's Rights Service are working in partnership to commission research to assess the needs of the Latin American population in London. Following an open-tender process, Queen Mary, University of London has been commissioned. Dr... Read more...

Income inequality hit record high before the recession started

Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies of the DWP's 'Households Below Average Income' data for 2007-08 shows that poverty and income inequality rose in the UK for the third year in a row. Inequality rose to its highest level... Read more...

London's economic environment remains harsh, says GLA

According to GLA Economics, the economic environment in the UK and London remains harsh. However, whereas like-for-like retail sales fell for the UK as a whole in March, they increased by over 5% in London. The Director General of the... Read more...

Government will miss 2010 child poverty target

Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, published earlier in 2009, concluded that the government would miss its target of halving child poverty by 2010 unless it introduced new policies. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation expressed its disappointment that the 2009-10 Budget... Read more...

Unemployment up across all London boroughs

New figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment rates have risen in all 32 London boroughs, as well as the City of London. The official London unemployment rate rose from 6.9% in March 2008 to 8.2%... Read more...

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