One in 10 UK families will struggle to cover basics this winter, charity finds

One in 10 UK families – about 3m households – are facing a cost of living crunch this winter, unable to cover even basic bills such as food and heating, according to Citizens Advice. One in five of all adults...

Where next for social security after recent Universal Credit announcements?

In this blog, Lucy Bannister (JRF Policy Campaigns Manager) explains how following the £20 cut to Universal Credit, changes to the taper rate and work allowance give some support for working families—but...

Social care cap could expose poorer homeowners to ‘catastrophic’ costs

Tens of thousands of England’s poorest pensioners face paying the same for their old age care as wealthier people after the government published details of the new cap on home and care costs. The move will...

Category - Poverty

Four Cheers for Paying Tax

The economist Milton Friedman, who many people would cite as the Godfather of Neoliberalism, observed on a number of occasions that tax taken from an individual without their consent amounts to theft by the State. This particular notion has been...