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💬 Welcome to JRF’s #AskAnAnalyst Q&A session 💬

Our analysts will be answering your questions on the data behind our #UKPoverty2022 report.

You can read the report in full, here:…
First up we have a question from @Thomas_WilsonUK on pensioner poverty 👇 We also received a similar question from Ellie Gaddes from @IndependentAge

.@GemmaSchwendel's answer:

"The rise in pensioner poverty is concerning, and we think it is being driven in part by increased housing costs, particularly for those in rented accommodation...
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Figures from our #UKPoverty2022 report warn of a harmful legacy, with half a million more children sinking into very deep poverty.

Our state of the nation report into poverty in the UK reveals that 1.8 million children are growing up in very deep poverty, meaning family incomes are so low that they are completely inadequate to cover the basics.
Large numbers of children were living on low incomes for prolonged periods of time in the years running up the pandemic.

For many young children, this persistence of poverty means going without essentials is all they have ever known or can remember
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I read this 🧵from @MrMarkEThomas + the attached articles very late last night.

I’d heard of the #SovereignIndividual before but had no idea of it’s full horror.

I was so shocked I could not sleep.


@13sarahmurphy @RichardJMurphy @DeborahMeaden
It explains EVERYTHING….from #Brexit through the #UniversalCredit cut (because that’s what it really is), #FreeSchoolMeals debacle, #PPECorruption /VIP lanes to the catastrophic mishandling #Covid19UK & EVERYTHING in between.

@BorisJohnson @10DowningStreet @Conservatives
We are in very grave danger!

WE MUST WAKE UP to the reality of what is going on under our noses.

Our egomaniacal clown PM is not just fulfilling his own dream of being #KingOfTheWorld, he is a very willing puppet for darker, smarter, more evil forces.

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Budget 2021: what does it mean for low-income families?

A thread 👇🧵…
📈Our analysis shows that households able to work the most hours gain the most from the National Living Wage rising and changes to the #UniversalCredit taper and work allowance.

❌However, rising living costs wipe out most of these gains
A couple with two young children, with one parent working full-time and one working part-time will be better off by £7 per week

➕💷7⃣ A graphic showing illustrations of two adults and two young
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Changes to #UniversalCredit in #Budget2021 see the loss of £20 (#KeepTheLifeline) "mitigated" with a reduction in the UC "taper rate" from 63p to 55p.

Let's look at what that means, who that helps and who that hurts.

#poverty #ukpolitics #benefits #UKPoverty #foodbanks

It means that now instead of 63p being deducted from Universal Credit for every £1 earned, only 55p will be. Meaning claimants in work are 8p better off per £1 wages earned.

That offsets that £20 for some. Who though? How many 8p's are needed to reach £20?

It's actually £250 that is needed in wages every month, to offset the £20 cut. Or to put it another way, that's 59h work a month on the apprentice minimum wage, or 29h on the min wage over 23.

At age 23, if you work 7h a week you should be better off with the new rates?

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It feels to me that @RishiSunak needs some help getting the economy back on track.

Ahead of the autumn #budget2021, I've busted some economic myths he seems to believe...


Myth 1️⃣ : We are well on our way to recovery with the fastest growth in the G7.
Busted: Our economy was one of the worst hit, so we are growing from a low base. The IMF says our economy is still 5% below its pre-pandemic path. & our economy is projected to lag behind all G7 countries in 2024.
Myth 2️⃣: We need to start balancing the books because we can’t afford to borrow any more.

Busted: Our debt level is high, but what matters is the cost of financing this debt. At 6% of tax receipts, the cost of servicing the debt is the second lowest it’s been since WWII.
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There are many layers to the #Covid19UK human catastrophe but IMO it’s all DELIBERATE @mrjamesob

Not even @BorisJohnson is so ignorant that he can’t understand the seriousness of what is currently unfolding.

The crux is - HE WANTS IT TO HAPPEN!

@sajidjavid @JonAshworth
If you were looking for the perfect foil for the #BrexitShambles & #NHSPrivatisation in one fell swoop AND you wanted to divert attention from the cronyism & corruption being uncovered every single day….you’d create as much chaos, fear & desperation as possible….
….carefully positioning your scapegoats (the EU/drs/nurses/teachers/refugees….

You’d allow #COVIDDisinformation to run riot, including from the @UKHSA (& conveniently replace #PHE), whilst churning out a #COVIDisOver narrative through a compliant media.
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People are being forced to submit photos of themselves holding a local daily paper in order to claim universal credit. One organisation supporting a claimant compared the demands to “what kidnappers do”…
The instructions are being posted in online universal credit accounts and also tell claimants to have someone else photograph them stood outside their front door – which must be open – with the whole property visible
Claimants were not told what they should do if they did not have access to a smart phone, could not get another person’s help to take the photos in the time given, could not reach their street sign, if a daily paper was not published in their area or if they could not afford one
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Shortages of food, fuel and essentials. Rising costs of food and energy. Taxes going up. People in #Bristol West are seriously worried about the future. So what would Labour do differently? THREAD
The government lurches from crisis to crisis and has no plan to deal with problems as they pile up.

Take the shortage in lorry drivers, causing food and fuel shortages.
Over the last couple of weeks, ministers first denied there was a problem, then tried to blame the public for panic buying, and now they say that this chaos is the intended outcome of their failed Brexit deal.
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I didn't sleep last night and I haven't settled yet tonight either.

I'm fairly sad for me about the #UniversalCredit cut, but the weight of the sadness for others is vast.

It's similar to getting the news someone you know is terminally ill.

Deaths are coming. 100% sure.

It'll be lonely middle age men, isolated from their last few pleasures in life, by a whacking cut in their income and a whacking rise in their essential bills all at once.

Someone's brother. Someone's Dad.

It'll be keyworkers, subsumed in months of grinding, constant stress, no longer able to handle the abuse on the petrol station forecourts, or the snappy managers, as burried in it all as they are, and it'll be that last fucking Starbucks they were 30p short for that'll do it.

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If you're wondering why the British Government is breaking the UK Health, Energy and Education sectors, this is why..

#PanicAtThePumps #Inflation #PetrolCrisis #UniversalCredit Privatisation
The Conservative Government, led by Margaret Thatcher introduced the Gas Act 1986, which led to the #ToryPrivatisation of British Gas.

In April 2021, British Gas changed the contractual terms for thousands of workers. Those who did not accept were told to leave.

#ToryCorruption British Gas
The Conservative Party is defunding University Education by cutting the threshold at which graduates begin to repay their tuition and maintenance loans by £2Bn.

The National Union of Students called it "simply astounding"

I call it astoundingly simple. #ToryCorruption funding🤷‍♂️ Free Education
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak, one of the richest MPs, plans to cut Universal Credit by £20, we're #KeepingTheReceipts on twitter/TikTok:

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Is the Secretary for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey unaware that lots of people on #UniversalCredit already work themselves to the bone and still can't make ends meet?
And that it actually would take up to 9 extra working hours for #UniversalCredit claimants to recoup their £20-a-week benefit cut? And that this cut is predicted to plunge half a million more people into poverty, including 200,000 children?…
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🕒 From 3pm in the #HouseofLords: #LordsQs, further check and change of the #EnvironmentBill and members debate #UniversalCredit.

📄 Learn more… Image
#HouseofLords debates UK-Sub-Saharan-Africa relations from 3.45pm in Grand Committee

📄 Find out more… Image
Here’s how to follow #HouseofLords business:
📄 We publish a weekly look ahead at highlights
📺 Watch online at
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More details…
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At today’s Treasury Questions a number of MPs across the political spectrum expressed their concern at the impending cut to #UniversalCredit.

In response, Chancellor @RishiSunak said that he doesn’t accept that people will be forced into poverty as a result of the cut
Our analysis has shown that the cut to #UniversalCredit risks plunging 500,000 people into poverty including 200,000 children.

The cut will also pile unnecessary financial pressure on around 5.5 million families, both in and out of work.
Social security plays a vital role in our society, not just during a national crisis but every day.

Families across the country have shared how the impending cut will impact them. Their bills won’t get cheaper on October 6…
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1⃣In exactly one month from now the planned cut to #UniversalCredit will take £20 a week from the already precarious incomes of millions of families.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the reasons why the cut must not go ahead 👇
✂️It would be the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since WWII

📉It risks repeating the same mistakes made after the last economic crisis where our country’s recovery was too often not felt by people on the lowest incomes Image
💷It would put unnecessary financial pressure on around 5.5 million families, in and out of work

👨‍👦It risks pulling 500,000 people into poverty, including 200,000 children Image
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Boris Johnson: Poor people don't want Universal Credit because they know they just need to put in a bit more 'effort'.
This taxpayer-funded millionaire just watched millions of working class people struggle through the worst recession in 300 years while their family members got died, and his message to them: Only lazy people are in poverty.

Honestly get *****d @BorisJohnson
My mate is the one who spotted Boris Johnson's comments about Universal Credit. Only fair I share his thoughts. Image
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@TogetherHousing @SarBritcliffeMP @DWP @theresecoffey @TheFCA He has provided his manager's details.
Is it worth contacting him?
If the income officer concerned really does not know how #UniversalCredit rent policy works, his line manager will not know either?

You, I both and UC officers know, but #TogetherHousing income officers don't?
@TogetherHousing @SarBritcliffeMP @DWP @theresecoffey @TheFCA Thank you Poppy for coming back to me :O)
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Today marks the 90th anniversary of the second Labour government falling when then Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald proposed a 20% cut in unemployment benefit

Today Johnson and Sunak are about to cut #UniversalCredit by 21%

My piece for @ipaperviews ...🧵…
The Labour government was elected in 1929, just before the Wall Street Crash provoked a global depression. Despite many on the left of the party putting forward what would become known as Keynesian solutions, MacDonald and Snowden insisted on cuts to the incomes of the poorest
At Labour conference in 1930, James Maxton had attacked the leadership for their “timidity and vacillation” and said the Government should “use all its powers towards increasing the purchasing power of the workers, reducing workers’ hours, initiating a national housing programme”
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Again the prime minister clearly does not understand the rules. 2m people in the UK are not entitled to sick pay. In addition the bit about the living wage isn’t true. Full time on minimum wage would earn you about £300 per week.
If you are on #UniversalCredit and over 25 you currently get £411.51 per month. That’s not the equivalent of a living wage. Self isolation payments are only available to those already on benefits and as we all know when you apply for UC you have to wait 5 weeks
…for your first payment so it causes real financial hardship for those unable to work due to sickness. Also, SSP is treated as earnings for the purposes of #UniversalCredit so it’s taken off your award.
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So... I helped someone with their #UniversalCredit application in March and I thought I would use it to reflect on what's changed (and what hasn't) in the benefit system in the last ten years or so... 1/n

(TL:DR - Not enough) Image
Most you will know I got interested in the benefit system as a claimant myself. I found the legacy system to be complex, confusing and changing all of the time.

Sadly, I found this to be still too true today. This makes it hard for people to make the best decisions. 2/n
The person I was helping I'll call 'S', she is a carer working ~16+ hours a week. Her rent is £740, she pays £70 and Housing Benefit picks up the rest, or it did...

In 2017, her Housing Benefit fell to £625 / month due to combination of higher earnings and overpayments. 3/n
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I've thinking about the budget in relation to the constituents whose cases I have raised in the chamber this past year
Short thread 👇1/5
5% VAT for hospitality is welcome as is the furlough extension but the reality is that furlough is costing businesses that are currently closed money - it's not the scheme they accessed a year ago. Fixed monthly costs continue and grants don't cover them 2/5
There's no actual change to Self Employment Support - it's just that more people qualify by having 19/20 tax returns. Despite the work of @APPGGapsSupport and all of the support groups - nothing for #ExcludedUK #ForgottenLtd and others 3/5
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One of the most bizarre & troubling bits of the #ReopeningSchools saga is that @educationgovuk & @BorisJohnson have ignored every single plea from teachers, early years staff, pupils & their families to #MakeSchoolsSafe & wasted all the months they have had to do so. 1/14 🧵
2)They’ve turned their backs on plentiful advice from #SAGE, @IndependentSage & @NEU.
Even @CMO_England has made his reservations as clear as he can from a rather difficult position.
But they’ve put their collective fingers in their ears & metaphorically said “La La La La”!
3) @GavinWilliamson & @halfon4harlowMP CLAIM the motivation for a speedy full opening of all school & early years facilities is the WELFARE OF CHILDREN!
They repeatedly cite educational, emotional, social & psychological needs.
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Ahead of today's debate on #UniversalCredit, a reminder of what happened to benefit levels in the 5 years prior to the pandemic: the proportion of a single adult’s core benefit income required to cover a basic minimum food budget increased by 9 percentage points, to 68%. [1/3]
Looking across all single-adult households, it is the poorest who suffered the largest increase, of 3.8 percentage points, in the cost of a basic minimum food budget as a proportion of their overall income. The mean population increase was less than one sixth of this figure [2/3]
Meanwhile, amongst couples with two children, it is the very poorest group who suffered an increase while all others saw a decrease. Indeed, living in poverty often results in families having to buy goods and services through the most expensive means [3/3]
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🚨 We’ve published the Government’s response to our report on the wait for a first payment in #UniversalCredit

➡️ Read it here:…

The Government has rejected–or in some cases ignored–our recommendations.

🗣️ Our Chair @stephenctimms said:

(1/4) "Our report put forward a set of practical and costed p
“Our inquiry heard that the wait may be linked to rising reliance on foodbanks, spiralling rent arrears and even increased psychological distress.

It’s astounding that the Government won’t even look closely at those findings, let alone do anything about them."

"The new lockdown has brought a renewed sense of financial dread for many families.

The Govt could have softened that blow by announcing that it would keep the £20 increase. Instead, it has chosen to keep households in the dark over whether this lifeline will continue."

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