Recent projections suggest that levels of income inequality are likely to increase over the coming years if government policy does not change.
This is according to the March 2018 research briefing paper on income inequality from the House of Commons Library.
The Government Equalities Office have published its 8th report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (pdf), in April 2018.
‘Participants who were already financially and socially vulnerable reported that Universal Credit (UC) made them to fall into a cycle of debt and serious hardship that they were now struggling to recover from.’
This is from the March 2018 report (pdf) by BritainThinks, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, on the experiences of people living on Universal Credit.
‘Undocumented migrants find themselves criminalised for doing what they must to survive.’
This is according to the April 2018 guidance (pdf) from Liberty on defending migrants’ rights and tackling the hostile environment
‘Children’s centres are no longer open access. Services are ‘hollowed out’ and thinly spread in an environment of declining resources and loss of strategic direction.’
Stop Start (pdf) is the April 2018 report from the Sutton Trust on children’s centres in England.
Published in April 2018, the report ‘Unhappy Birthday’ argues that, together with the benefits freeze, the two child limit is “the most damaging welfare reform in terms of the long term impact on levels of child poverty.”
There is considerable concern that employment rights and protections for women are at risk after Brexit, creating a more hostile and less supportive working environment for many, both women and men.
This is from the March 2018 report (PDF) from the Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society, on the economic impact of Brexit on women.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have published their business plan 2018/19 (PDF), in March 2018.
This plan outlines the priorities for their work in the coming year.
‘Our approach [to social integration] needs to go further than integration between different nationalities, ethnic groups or faiths. It must also take account of age, social class, employment status, sexuality, gender and disability.’ This is according to the Mayor of London’s first Strategy for Social Integration, published in March 2018.
Traditionally, equality law was seen as inappropriate to address socio economic inequality. But in the last decade, a growing number of equality duties have been introduced to address this persistent form of inequality. There is, however, little research on the principles that underpin these duties.
This is according to the March 2018 article by Dr David Barrett, which seeks to address this gap through the use of data from interviews conducted with primary school personnel implementing the pupil premium.