A new report published today shows that the proportion of poor children whose parents are in employment has risen. The number of children in absolute poverty stayed the same between 2009 and 2014, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) report concluded. Rising employment meant more children lived with working parents. But the real income of working families fell - so the proportion of poor children in working families rose from 54% to 63%, says the IFS. More.
Lambeth Council has recently published a document entitled Growth Strategy and Evidence Base which contains valuable information about the area we serve. In the chapter on Income and Inequality it notes: "...nearly a fifth of working residents in Lambeth were paid below the London Living Wage and there is a large gap between upper and lower quartile earnings in the borough. A survey of residents suggests that in the past year financial circumstances have improved for younger, white residents and those renting in the private sector, but worsened for black and mixed ethnicity residents, and older residents, as well as those in social housing. Lambeth also scores relatively poorly on happiness and well-being measures." Download the report here.
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission's most recent annual report has just been published. The findings are not good. Progress towards targets on child poverty and increased social mobility have slipped.
See the summary document here.
A study by the University of Reading reveals the devastating impact of food insecurity on a group of children and their parents in Lambeth, a South London borough with a population of 304,000.
We have today published our Annual Report and audited Accounts 2013-14. See them on this page. This is a formal document but it gives an account of our work in the year. Our more 'popular' Annual Review is published in the autumn.
The latest British Social Attitudes survey reported this week and shows how important the public think it is to tackle poverty. A majority of the public believes that poverty is real, rising and that a democratic society should do something about it. They think that work is vital but not the whole answer, and that some groups need additional help from the state.
The Save the Children's recently published A Fair Start for Every Child makes for sobering reading. See it here. Below, a graphic from the report showing the drivers.
Our last five years represent just over 1% of our 392 year history but also represent new levels of grantmaking to help Lambeth's lowest income residents build a better future. The second line (table, below) shows the total number of awards that year. Over this period, that's £35,000 every single week awarded as grants. What we are seeking to achieve? See here
We exist to help low income Lambeth people gain the skills and experience needed to allow them to seek and obtain decently paid work. Most of our grants go to organizations, including schools, but we also make awards directly to individual applicants meeting our criteria. Our latest analysis shows that in the last year most of our individual grants have gone to women (see image). We know that many women face additional social obstacles to gaining skills and work. We seek to address this in part by making grants for childcare costs. But even allowing for this we shall be seeking to achieve a better balance in our awards to men and women during 2014/15. If you have comments, or suggestions on targeting more young Lambeth men, please post them.
We welcome the news that in Lambeth there has been a narrowing of the attainment gap between Free School Meals pupils and their counterparts from better off families. This bucks the wider trend.
Very interesting artice in today's Guardian by Danny Dorling
We are very interested in the continuing debate about 'what works' in education. The recent results from the OECD's PISA survey caused predictable outcry because the UK did not appear to do well. But what is PISA, and how should we understand it? Follow the 'read more' link for video
The annual uplift in the London Living Wage rate was announced yesterday. It is now £8.80 an hour. This figure is an hourly rate that is independently calculated by the GLA’s Living Wage Unit, with cross-party support. It is updated every year by calculating a ‘poverty threshold wage’ and adding a 15 percent margin to ensure that the recipients do not fall to the level of poverty wages. Why is this important? Data from the latest London’s Poverty Profile shows that low pay and in-work poverty are increasing: the percentage of jobs paid below than the LLW was about 13% between 2005 and 2012 but by 2012 it reached 17%; the majority (57%) of working-age adults and children in poverty in London are from working families.
Find out more from the Living Wage Foundation.
Almost a third of Londoners are living in poverty and an increasing number of those are in households where someone is in work, according to new research mapping the face of poverty in the capital. See http://gu.com/p/3jgaz
Alarming findings from the OECD. Serious implications for future earnings our young generation. For more see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320