Austerity is a policy that aims to transfer resources away from the most disadvantaged and undermine social justice.
Collapse of Social Care (2009-2016)
Austerity has seen a radical reduction in the number of people supported by adult social care, with a 40% drop in 6 years.
Public Expenditure & GDP (1976-2019)
Data on public spending in the UK suggests that public spending has oscillated around 40% and seems utterly sustainable.
How Incomes Changed (percent) (1977-2014)
Between 1977 and 2014 tax and benefit policy has been designed primarily to life the incomes of middle-income families
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.