New A4 benefit rates chart

17 July 2012

In response to customer demand we've made our bestselling benefit and tax credit rates poster available in a handy A4 size.

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Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

June 2012

This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London. Four in ten children in the capital live in poverty, the highest rate of any region, and support for families on low incomes is therefore particularly important here. The report presents an account of the existing social fund scheme that is being devolved to local authorities, examines some current options for delivery and looks at promising approaches and key risks.

The aim of the report is to provide a useful resource for local authorities considering how to use the money that will be devolved to them to replace current provision of community care grants and crisis loans through the social fund. The report also has some important messages for central government.

Benefit and Tax Credit Rates A4 Chart

Benefits and tax credits A4 chart

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Inequality and instability: why more equal societies have more stable economies

Issue 142 (Summer 2012)

According to the economic orthodoxy of the last thirty years, a stiff dose of inequality is a necessary condition for economic progress. Higher rewards and lower taxes at the top, it is claimed, boost enterprise and deliver a larger economic pie. The income gap might get wider, but eventually everybody, including those on the lowest incomes, will become better off. Here, Stewart Lansley puts the theory to the test.

Ending child poverty: a right or a responsibility?

Issue 142 (Summer 2012)

This year the European Union will publish its Recommendation on Child Poverty. This is expected to be based on three ‘pillars’ – access to adequate resources, access to services and opportunities, and children’s participation – and to argue for a strong rights-based approach to eradicating child poverty. In 2011, the current coalition administration published the first government child poverty strategy in the UK. At its heart, lies a commitment to ‘strengthening families, encouraging responsibility, promoting work, guaranteeing fairness and providing support to the most vulnerable’. Stephen Crossley and Tracy Shildrick explore these two very different approaches.

Low pay, no pay churning: the hidden story of work and worklessness

Issue 142 (Summer 2012)

Rather than the popular image of feckless people languishing in long-term unemployment, recent research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the predominant experience of being out of work is one of moving in and out of low-paid, short-term jobs, and on and off benefits. This cycling, or ‘churning’, between work and no work, with people taking poor quality jobs that are often paid too little to move them away from poverty, not only runs directly counter to the dominant story about welfare dependency, but has also been largely ignored by successive governments. Tracy Shildrick outlines some of the research findings and argues that policy must now focus on the quality, as well as the number, of jobs available if work is to provide a lasting route out of poverty.

Overpayment recovery

Last updated: January 5, 2011

Between March 2006 and February 2007 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wrote to over 65,000 claimants telling them it could take them to court under common law if they did not pay back overpayments of benefit. The letters say the money was paid due to DWP error and/or is not recoverable under social security law.

ESA and time-limiting: a Q&A

Issue 228 (June 2012)

Simon Osborne rounds up some of the questions being posed about the detailed working of the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance (ESA).

Tax credits: the truth is rarely pure and never simple

Issue 228 (June 2012)

Mark Willis explains the latest round of changes to tax credits.1

  • 1. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

Think of the children: right to reside through a child

Issue 228 (June 2012)

Martin Williams sets out the situations in which a person may have a right of residence in order to facilitate the right of residence of a child. The article highlights recent changes in the DWP position and forthcoming cases in the ECJ.