Meeting the challenge of poverty

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the challenges of deficit, demography and degraded public discourse.

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Meeting the challenge of poverty

  1. 1. Meeting the demands of poverty means meeting the challenges of deficit, demography and degraded public discourseJulia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation andJoseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  2. 2. What we do search influence demonstrate
  3. 3. POVERTY Our work programmes and aims Our aim: To identify the root AN AGEING causes of poverty Our aim: SOCIETY and injustice To respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing societyPLACE Our aim: To support resilient communities where people thrive
  4. 4. Poverty across the UKTrends and forecasts deeply troubling
  5. 5. DeficitReducing the deficit = spending cuts
  6. 6. Deficit Child and working age poverty to 2020© Sam Atkins
  7. 7. DeficitFuture of the UK Labour Market
  8. 8. DeficitMinimum Income Standards
  9. 9. What do we do about this?• Make sure benefits don’t fall behind• Target existing resources on households• Look at combined impact of benefits, taxes and costs
  10. 10. DemographyAn Ageing Society
  11. 11. Demography• Increase in single person households• Differences between working-age and pensioner budgets• Dementia• Loneliness• Regulation
  12. 12. DiscoursePublic and media attitudes towards poverty
  13. 13. Conclusions• Anti Poverty Strategies• Focus on people and places in poverty• Honesty about impact
  14. 14. www.jrf.org.uk@jrf_uk@juliaunwinJosephRowntreeFoundation

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