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A Minimum Income Standard for the UK in 2022
The 2022 update of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) shows that there is a growing gap between what many families on low incomes have and what the public agree households in the UK need, not just to survive but to live with dignity.
Fuel poverty measures discussed on Radio 4's More or Less programme
Matt Padley spoke to Tim Harford on Radio 4’s More or Less programme about fuel poverty measures and the lack of consistency in these across the UK
Minimum London weighting could help households in the capital reach a decent living standard
New research from CRSP shows that the minimum London Weighting needed to cover a basic standard of living in the capital is £6,549. That’s over £2,000 the average minimum London Weighting paid to many key workers. The high costs of housing, childcare and travel in London means it can cost as much as 50% more to achieve a decent standard of living in the capital than the rest of the UK.
Research by the Centre for Research in Social Policy finds families are facing increases in costs of £400 per month
New analysis from the Centre for Research in Social Policy shows that families with children are paying up to £400 more per month, to meet the cost of basic items such as food, rent and heating. The impacts of inflation are being felt sooner and harder by those on the lowest incomes, who spend a higher proportion of their incomes on essential items.
Low income families are facing the cost of living crisis without the government support they had in the pandemic
A new report, draws on research, which followed a group of low-income families through Covid and now escalating inflation. Insecure work, low and fluctuating incomes from work and benefits, and managing health and family needs, meant that stability could be hard to find even before Covid.
New research published today shows that 90,000 people die in poverty in the UK each year.
The report published by end-of-life charity Marie Curie, based on research carried out by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, revealed that the situation is particularly bleak for people of working age who are in the last 12 months of life, with more than 1 in 4 (28%) of this group dying in poverty. This makes those who die at working age more than twice as likely to die in poverty than compared to those who live past pension age. The risk rises steeply for parents with dependent children, with two out of three facing poverty toward the end of their lives if they die before retirement age.
New research on the living standards of young adults in the West Midlands
Dr Ruth Webber has been awarded funding to carry out new research on the living standards of young adults in the West Midlands, transitioning out of homelessness focusing on the impact of low benefit rates.
Latest analysis of Households below a Minimum Income Standard published
Nearly half of working-age adults living below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) are in working households, shows a new report from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The findings highlight that work often fails to lift people out of poverty, in a direct challenge to the DWP’s newly announced ‘Way to Work’ campaign.
Staying home and getting on
Tackling the challenges facing low to middle income families where young adults live with their parents.
CRSP study for Scottish Government shows how high costs drive fuel poverty in remote areas
A study using Minimum Income Standards research to identify higher costs in remote parts of Scotland will play a key role in the Scottish Government's plans to tackle fuel poverty.
Latest MIS study shows low income households need greater support emerging from COVID, as cuts loom
The 2021 update of the Minimum Income Standard shows that if planned cuts to Universal Credit go ahead in October, a single person who has lost their job will have only 33% of what they need to reach MIS, the lowest level yet recorded.
A Minimum Income Standard for London 2020
The latest report on the Minimum Income Standard for London focuses on households with children, what these households need for a decent standard of living in the capital, and how this compares to elsewhere in the UK.
Seeking security in an unstable world: low-income families before and during the pandemic - new research published
Two new reports have been published from our qualitative longitudinal research study ‘Bringing up a family: making ends meet’, funded by JRF.
Households below a Minimum Income Standard - Latest report
The latest report in the Households below a Minimum Income Standard series, looking back over the ten year period from 2008/9 to 2018/19, is published today.