Social care and health inequalities

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation: The impact of employment changes on poverty in 2020

How will changes in the structure of employment and pay affect income inequality and poverty levels by 2020?

Projections suggest long-term labour market trends are set to continue. Examining the impact of these changes on income inequality and poverty levels, this study:

  • forecasts a rise in income inequality and poverty levels
  • cites expected cuts in benefits and tax credits as a major cause of these rises
  • suggests the impact on the overall level of relative poverty and inequality forecast for 2020/21 made by changes imposed on employment and pay structures will be small.

Conducted at a time when the role of skills development in a reformed welfare-to-work policy environment is high on the policy agenda, and when job prospects for less qualified workers look likely to remain poor, this research is a timely contribution to a growing debate.

SCIE Knowledge review 21: Supporting people in accessing meaningful work: Recovery approaches in community based adult mental health services

The current social care transformation policy has at its heart the personalisation of services so that people can choose the type of support that is more suited to their individual needs and preferences. This knowledge review focuses on an approach to delivering mental health services that is vital to achieving personalised support for those accessing opportunities for employment, education and meaningful occupation.

SCIE Research briefing 38: Mental health, employment and the social care workforce

This research briefing summarises evidence on what prevents people with mental health problems from working or retaining work in social care and what can be done to enable them to work. It provides a summary of a range of policy and programmes designed to enable people with mental health problems to gain, retain and regain work, with specific focus on employment in social care.

Jospeh Rowntree Foundation: The education and employment of disabled young people

An analysis of the extent to which disabled young people achieve their aspirations for work and education.

Improving education attainment and raising employment rates among disadvantaged groups are key targets for the current government. This report shows that for one important group – disabled young people – these goals are far from being achieved.

The study provides new evidence that today’s disabled young people share the aspirations of their non-disabled peers for education, work and independent living. But many are frustrated in achieving their ambitions.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Austerity in the UK: Spotlight on young people

Key facts

  • There were nearly one million more 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK in 2010 than in 2000.
  • Youth unemployment is at a record high and three times higher than unemployment for older adults.
  • 10 per cent of young adults are not in work or full-time education.
  • The lower people’s qualifications, the higher their risk of unemployment. This risk has risen over the past decade.
  • After 19, the likelihood of getting qualifications drops significantly.
  • 16- to 19-year-olds not in full-time education are at greater risk of poverty than any age group except the youngest.
  • 52% of 16- to 24-year-olds in poverty do not live with their parents.