Benefits & welfare reform
of Londoners claimed an out-of-work benefit in 2016. This is a lower proportion than the rest of England.
The social security system matters a great deal for poverty because benefits are a key income component for poorer families, both those in work and out of work. In the UK in 2015/16, on average for those in the bottom fifth of the income distribution, benefit payments made up 46% of disposable income. As such, low income families are greatly affected by changes/reductions to social security benefits. The Coalition and Conservative Governments have implemented a major programme of cuts and changes since 2010.
This set of indicators highlights the reduced generosity of the welfare system and the removal of some protections for those at the bottom of the income distribution. Benefits have been frozen until 2020, but inflation means that benefit incomes will be reduced in real terms.
From our Twitter
Interested in the local dimension of today’s @jrf_uk report on poverty? Here are the facts for the borough of Westminster via @trustforlondon https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/boroughs/westminster/ …4 Dec 2017
Very worrying new national picture of poverty from @jrf_uk #solveUKpoverty https://twitter.com/jrf_uk/status/937587807786332162 …4 Dec 2017
We’ll be live streaming our state of the nation launch event from 09:00 - follow @jrf_uk and #solveUKpoverty https://twitter.com/jrf_uk/status/935238503427911680 …4 Dec 2017
New report by @MiddlesexUni finds 2m workers in Britain missing out on £3bn of unpaid wages #unpaidBritain https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/news/employers-withholding-billions-pounds-workers-britain/ …30 Nov 2017