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Meeting London’s childcare challenge

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
New research from 4in10 and the Family and Childcare Trust shows that parents in London are paying over £1 billion on childcare every year. In the run up to the mayoral elections, Megan Jarvie ran a series of focus groups with parents on low incomes to discover the issues they wanted the next mayor to address.

Child support: a forgotten resource for low-income families?

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
It is clear that the government intends to do little to increase the cash incomes of poor families with dependent children. Most poor families are set to get less and less over the next four years.

Sport and poverty

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
Living in a disadvantaged area hampers young people’s development: area-based deprivation is strongly related to higher crime, poorer educational achievement, health problems and high levels of disability.

10 years of austerity: the impact on low-income households and women

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
Tax changes and cuts to public spending and social security have been key to the deficit-reduction strategy implemented by the coalition government between 2010 and 2015 and continued by the Conservative government elected in May 2015.

Editorial: Poverty 154

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
We are still not all in this together – so where now? Several articles in this issue add to the mounting evidence of the effects of government cuts on particular groups, showing once again that we are not all in this together.

Changes in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

Issue 252 (June 2016)
The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 received royal assent on 16 March 2016. Mike Spencer summarises the key changes to social security legislation.

Tribunals, telephones and videos

Issue 252 (June 2016)
When should a First-tier Tribunal consider allowing appellants to take part in the hearing of their appeals via a telephone or video link? Simon Osborne reviews the relevant law, and some yet wider considerations.

New state pension: a brief guide

Issue 252 (June 2016)
Simon Osborne provides answers to some basic questions about the new state pension.

Working the work programme: sanctions

Issue 252 (June 2016)
Martin Williams considers some implications of recent caselaw about sanctions and the Work Programme.

New social security powers in Scotland

Issue 251 (April 2016)
Judith Paterson looks at proposals to use new social security powers in Scotland.