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Latest Observations

Observation
In the year prior to the pandemic, nearly half of children in lone-parent families were in relative poverty – defined as having an income of less than 60% of median incomes adjusted for household size.
Observation
Due to inflation forecast errors alone, students from the poorest families will lose £100 per month in maintenance support.
Observation
Since 2010, more experienced and higher-paid workers in the NHS have experienced the largest pay cuts. This has compressed the pay distribution.

Recent newspaper articles

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'Pretty much everything we could have got wrong, we got wrong.' Paul Johnson on why economists failed to see inflation coming.
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Paul Johnson writes for the Times on the 'difficult decisions' surrounding public sector pay.
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"There is much to do to get childcare policy right, but let’s not mix it up with sorting out the present cost-of-living crisis." Paul Johnson writes for The Times.