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Society & Welfare (page 3)

Housing: #Budget2015 spins “signs of normalisation”

18 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

“There continue to be signs of normalisation in the housing market” says the government (Budget Report 2015, 915, para 124). With home ownership in retreat, rents rising and 1.3 million on the social housing waiting lists, the situation seems much more like an entrenched crisis than normalisation. The government has made some claims about housing getting back on track. Let’s…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: life expectancy in the poorest parts of the country is up to 9 years less than in the richest

12 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

In this series I’ve mainly concentrated on inequality between individuals and the poverty that affects classes of people, like disabled people or women. But our society is divided geographically too and statistics released last week revealed that the more disadvantaged an area is, the lower the life expectancy at birth of the people there. These…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: front line Jobcentre workers aren’t responsible for benefit sanctions

06 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Could this be the month when the general public start to worry about benefit sanctions? The Methodist church reported that approximately one hundred thousand children were sanctioned in 2013/14. This followed earlier work revealing that more than 100 people per day with mental health problems are having their Employment and Support Allowance sanctioned. Indeed, they…

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