poverty

Addressing in-work poverty

This report describes how the rise of poverty among children in working-families is undermining the drive to end child poverty as a whole, and what can be done about it. The existence of 'in-work' poverty has only been officially recognised in the last couple of years. Yet the steady upward trend and number of children involved mean that it should be given high priority. The report includes an in-depth analysis of the progress that has been made on in-work poverty among children since the start of the government's poverty programme in the late 1990s.

The circumstances of persistently poor families with children: evidence from the Families and Children Study (FACS)

While most research and government interest about poverty has focused on people who are currently experiencing low income, those who have a history of low-income experience have received less attention.

This report presents analysis of the persistence of low income from the Families and Children Study (a large-scale longitudinal study of families with children funded by DWP with contributions from Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department for Transport).

Employers' role in the low-pay/no-pay cycle

Study which examines the pressures which lead to employers offering low-paid, insecure jobs and also considers the scope for change.

Young refugees : setting up mentoring schemes for young refugees in the UK

This guide is an introduction to mentoring and befriending schemes for young refugees. Mentoring is commonly seen as a way of supporting young people to meet their education, training and employment aspirations. Befriending tends to concentrate more on supporting a young person emotionally, having someone to talk to and have fun with.

Poverty rates among ethnic groups in Great Britain

Report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in March 2007. This study analyses how the rates of income poverty differ between ethnic groups and the reasons for some of these differences.

Growing up : school, family and area influences on adolescents' later life chances

Paper exploring the links between school, family and environmental background influences during adolescence and later adult economic outcomes.

Poverty and income inequality in Scotland: 2007/08

This publication presents annual estimates of the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland and the distribution of household income across Scotland.

The estimates are used to monitor progress towards UK and Scottish Government targets to reduce poverty and income inequality. The data published for the first time here are for the financial year April 2007 to March 2008.

Families in Britain : the impact of changing family structures and what the public think

Report tracing the changing nature of the family and what that means for parents, children and society with a view to stimulating debate on family policy. It explores the changing face of families in Britain and the impact of these changes on society, public opinion and the role of government. It also highlights the opportunities for policymakers created by the changing demographic, social and attitudinal terrain.

Widening the safety net : learning the lessons of insurance with-rent schemes

Report looking at the issue of access to insurance for socially-excluded groups. Using research, it makes recommendations for extending access to insurance, especially contents insurance, and seeks to stimulate greater public debate about this issue.

Take up the challenge: the role of local services in increasing take up of benefits and tax credits to reduce child poverty

Ministers asked the Take Up Taskforce to develop ways to help local services to support parents to access all their relevant benefit entitlements, in order to help tackle child poverty.

Many poor families are not taking up all of the financial support to which they are entitled and there are particularly low rates of take up by families where at least one parent is working. Lack of awareness of available in-work financial entitlements can present a barrier to parents entering and sustaining work.