A report published today from The Equality Trust ('The Aspiration Tax: How our social security system holds back low-paid workers') shows the high marginal tax rate faced by low income, working parents receiving tax credits and how this rate will increase under the new social security system of Universal Credit. Visit their site.
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.
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.
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.
We have been following the welfare reform proposals with a good deal of anxiety about the adverse impact some of them will have on those we exist to help. NCVO has published this helpful summary. If you have comments on the likely impact here in Lambeth, please post them.