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The Institute for Fiscal Studies reports there has been a rise in the rate of economic inactivity among older people – neither in work or actively searching for work – since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
The Resolution Foundation has released its fourth report on the outlook for living standards in the UK over the next year and beyond, considering household incomes, forecasts from the Bank of England and Office for Budget Responsibility, the conflict in Ukraine and policy changes.
This report from The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research examines the inequality between children in the North and the rest of the country and includes research on poverty, pregnancy, child mental wellbeing, physical activity, obesity and food insecurity, schools, care, ethnic minority experiences and more. The findings paint a stark picture of inequality for children growing up in the North of England post-pandemic compared to those in the rest of the country.
Ahead of the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper, this House of Lords report examines towns and cities as ‘the beating heart’ of the UK. The report hopes three changes can be made: empowering local leadership to ensure regeneration is locally tailored; supporting towns to ensure blend of retail, housing, workplace, and leisure opportunities; and tackling inequalities through community engagement.
Social enterprise UK (SEUK) has conducted a brief market analysis of UK social enterprises that sell retail products to consumers (consumer retail social enterprises). This analysis explores the size and growth potential of this sector, its social and environmental impact and barriers to growth.