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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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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: 85% of tax and benefit ‘savings’ have been at the expense of women

06 Feb 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Yesterday the Independent Inquiry Into Women and Jobseeker’s Allowance published Where’s the Benefit. Chaired by Amanda Ariss of the Equality and Diversity Forum and co-ordinated by the Fawcett Society, the Inquiry reported important findings about how JSA indirectly discriminates against women. But I want to start with the report’s findings about the wider context, which…

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