Tag Archives: Poverty and Social Mobility

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Pensions guidance gap fuels £132bn savings shortfall

The Social Market Foundation think-tank said that gaps in knowledge and understanding of pensions and savings leave many people at risk of making inadequate preparation for retirement or spending pension...
Published: 22 February 2022
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Companies ignore poverty despite ESG promises, new research shows

The Social Market Foundation think-tank found that FTSE-100 companies are 64 times more likely to address environmental issues than to discuss poverty in their statements about Environmental, Social and Governance...
Published: 23 January 2022
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Report urges government to consider radical new sickness and disability insurance scheme

A new report from the Social Market Foundation think tank calls on the Government to launch a major public consultation to design a radical new system of social insurance that provides all firms and employees access to expert advice and support when an employee experiences the onset of a serious health condition or disability.
Published: 20 October 2016
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Low paid self-employed will be ‘worse off’ under Universal Credit

New research, released today by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), warns that around 40% of families (over 190,000 families) with self-employed earners who are in receipt of in-work benefits are likely to be worse off under Universal Credit.
Published: 18 October 2016
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New report reveals ‘low pay penalty’ for social housing tenants

Workers living in social housing face a ‘pay penalty’ compared to those in other types of accommodation, a new report from the Social Market Foundation (SMF), supported by Circle Housing, reveals.
Published: 07 October 2016
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Report reveals half a million households losing money due to ‘low financial capability’

A new Social Market Foundation (SMF) report, Fixing Family Finances, examines the problem of financial capability in Great Britain at a household level and assesses whether social and family ties can be used to reduce the impact of individuals’ low financial capability.
Published: 22 April 2016
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Government set to miss higher education access targets

New research from the Social Market Foundation think tank finds that the government is on course to miss its targets of widening participation in higher education – and has found significant differences between institutions’ intake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Published: 23 March 2016
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PRESS RELEASE: 1.7 million low paid workers not covered by new National Living Wage because they are self-employed

New research released today by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) think-tank warns that 1.73 million workers will continue to be paid below the National Living Wage (NLW) when it comes into force in April 2016 because it does not cover the self-employed. By 2020, the NLW is expected to rise further, resulting in the number of self-employed workers paid below the new rate rising to 1.88 million.
Published: 21 March 2016
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PRESS RELEASE: New report urges end to sanctions in disability benefit system

A new report released today by the Social Market Foundation think-tank warns that, while effective for some, the threat of sanctions can do more harm than good and has not improved employment outcomes for disabled people.
Published: 11 March 2016
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