Austerity is a policy that aims to transfer resources away from the most disadvantaged and undermine social justice.
How Incomes Changed (1977-2014)
Between 1977 and 2014 tax and benefit policy in the UK has been designed primarily to lift the incomes of middle-income families
Changing Post-Tax-Benefit Incomes (1977-2014)
Government policy, from 1977 to 2014 has primarily focused on lifting the incomes of middle-income groups while avoiding raising taxes for the richest.
Changing Income Distribution (1977-2014)
Between 1977 and 2014 the most dramatic changes incomes were of the richest, whose incomes increased radically, and for middle-income groups where incomes fell
The Different Kinds of UK Benefits
Benefit expenditure is primarily focused on pensions, housing costs and the collapse in middle-income salaries.
Poverty is not just lack of money, its also isolation, disadvantage and exclusion
How Benefits are Distributed
Growth v Equality
Since 1949 income inequality has got progressively worse, however this has no positive economic effect on growth.
Conventional economics is broken. Here is the radical alternative we need to shape a better future which works for people and planet, David Towell reviews Doughnut Economics.
David Zigmond reviews the film I, Daniel Blake and argues that it reveals, not only the cost of austerity, but also the industrialisation and automation of our relationships.
Unfair Burden of Cuts
Since 2010 the UK Government has announced a series of severe cuts to benefits and to local government and social care.
Unfair Targeting of Cuts
Since 2010 the UK Government has carried out a series of cuts or 'welfare reforms' reducing the incomes of disabled people and people in poverty.
Since 2010 the UK Government has increased funding in some areas, protected funding in other areas and severely targeted funding in others.