More households on inadequate incomes

York Press: More households on inadequate incomes More households on inadequate incomes

THE number of households on inadequate incomes has risen by a fifth in three years, according to new research by the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The organisation said the onset of the recession, cuts to benefits and tax credits and the rising cost of essentials were to blame.

The latest figures show the number of households living below an acceptable standard has increased by 900,000 since 2008/2009.

It means 67 per cent of single parents with between one and three children, and 28 per cent of couples with between one and four children, were falling short of the standard in 2011/2012.

The study, carried out by the Centre for Research in Social Policy, also found 36 per cent of single working-age households failed to achieve a decent standard of living – set at £185 a week after housing costs.

Income adequacy is measured by the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), which is what the public think is needed for a minimum socially acceptable standard of living in the UK.

Members of the public are asked to list items that would need to go into a basket of goods and services in order to achieve an acceptable living standard.

The figures in 2011 – after covering housing and childcare costs – were £185 for a single person, £287 for couples without children, £326 for a lone parent with two children, £425 for couples with two children and £233 per week for pensioner couples. The study used the latest available data on household incomes.

Donald Hirsch, co-author of the report, said: “Young people, single people and people in private rented housing have done particularly badly relative to the Minimum Income Standard during the downturn.

“A whole generation of young adults are noticeably worse off as a result of the deterioration in their job prospects, a worsening of housing options and falls in real wages and benefits, making it harder for young people to be independent.”

Katie Schmuecker, policy and research manager at JRF, said: “Many people have seen downward pressure on their living standards, but for those on low and modest incomes more are having to make tough choices about what essentials to go without.”

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12:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

Sounds like benefit street to me...I'm sure it will attract some interesting comments...??
Sounds like benefit street to me...I'm sure it will attract some interesting comments...?? smudge2

12:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

courier46 says...

Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.
Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after. courier46

2:13pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

courier46 wrote:
Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.
Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.[/p][/quote]Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them.. smudge2

2:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

soupie02@hotmail.com says...

i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down
i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down soupie02@hotmail.com

2:25pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

soupie02@hotmail.com wrote:
i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down
Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !!
[quote][p][bold]soupie02@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down[/p][/quote]Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !! smudge2

3:00pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

Over half the benefit budget goes on subsidising those in work, allowing hem to reach a basic standard of living. Hence the Government is now a lot keener on raising the minimum wage, thus cutting this expenditure.
Over half the benefit budget goes on subsidising those in work, allowing hem to reach a basic standard of living. Hence the Government is now a lot keener on raising the minimum wage, thus cutting this expenditure. Daisy75

3:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

soupie02@hotmail.com says...

never professed to be clever though sometimes it would help i know but there again i do not judge people on there spelling and puctuation ,in fact i dont judge people at, all dyslexia is a common problem does not make a person any better or any worse than others, yes i clean toilets for a living and am not ashamed of doing so ,i dont judge you so please dont judge me ,
never professed to be clever though sometimes it would help i know but there again i do not judge people on there spelling and puctuation ,in fact i dont judge people at, all dyslexia is a common problem does not make a person any better or any worse than others, yes i clean toilets for a living and am not ashamed of doing so ,i dont judge you so please dont judge me , soupie02@hotmail.com

3:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

courier46 says...

smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.
Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..
It`s not only about education it`s about too many people been paid way too much for what they do (and certainly are not worth it) and too many people getting paid too little for the work they do.I have a lot of friends who are highly educated but are finding it hard to get well paid jobs in York
.Your last comment is ridiculous no one is happy to work for a low wage.You are either a snob or a troll I don't know which!
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.[/p][/quote]Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..[/p][/quote]It`s not only about education it`s about too many people been paid way too much for what they do (and certainly are not worth it) and too many people getting paid too little for the work they do.I have a lot of friends who are highly educated but are finding it hard to get well paid jobs in York .Your last comment is ridiculous no one is happy to work for a low wage.You are either a snob or a troll I don't know which! courier46

4:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

courier46 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.
Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..
It`s not only about education it`s about too many people been paid way too much for what they do (and certainly are not worth it) and too many people getting paid too little for the work they do.I have a lot of friends who are highly educated but are finding it hard to get well paid jobs in York
.Your last comment is ridiculous no one is happy to work for a low wage.You are either a snob or a troll I don't know which!
I am a snob.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.[/p][/quote]Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..[/p][/quote]It`s not only about education it`s about too many people been paid way too much for what they do (and certainly are not worth it) and too many people getting paid too little for the work they do.I have a lot of friends who are highly educated but are finding it hard to get well paid jobs in York .Your last comment is ridiculous no one is happy to work for a low wage.You are either a snob or a troll I don't know which![/p][/quote]I am a snob. smudge2

8:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Omega Point says...

smudge2 wrote:
soupie02@hotmail.com wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down
Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !!
smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soupie02@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down[/p][/quote]Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !![/p][/quote]smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better. Omega Point

8:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Omega Point says...

smudge2 wrote:
soupie02@hotmail.com wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down
Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !!
smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soupie02@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down[/p][/quote]Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !![/p][/quote]smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better. Omega Point

9:13pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

Omega Point wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
soupie02@hotmail.com wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down
Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !!
smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better.
Omega point...You normally only leave one comment instead of two.I know you can do better ?
[quote][p][bold]Omega Point[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soupie02@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: i would be £46 a week better off on benefits but due to 0 hour contracts and cut in hours nothing i think a living wage should be brought in and 0 hour contracts abolished stopping people getting tax credits ,some people are on 0 hours that are contracted to the york city council but after saying they were not going to contract to people who employ like this nothing changes, i have been unfortunate enough to live on benefits and could not make ends meet but prefer to work still cant make ends meet were spiralling back into the days of poverty where will it end im not sure but who really gives a **** anyway ? certainly not our government ,lets just sell all our industry and who cares about the little people, as a good friend once said without the little people at the bottom the people at the top are nothing so lets just get rid of them bring back rickets ,tb and such disease this will get the unemployment statistics down[/p][/quote]Looking at your spelling and punctuation I'm not surprised you are on a zero hour contract.Can do better !![/p][/quote]smudge, you normally leave a one digit gap between ending a sentence and beginning another as you fail to do between the two sentences of your comment. Also two exclamation marks are not any part of recognised puntuation. I know you can do better.[/p][/quote]Omega point...You normally only leave one comment instead of two.I know you can do better ? smudge2

10:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children.
What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children. CHISSY1

10:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children.
Keep your nose out Chissy for a change.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children.[/p][/quote]Keep your nose out Chissy for a change. smudge2

11:58pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gjh says...

The government announced just the other day that incomes are rising and 90% of workers are better off so how can it be that there are more households with inadequate incomes? So that will be another lie from the Tory buffoons in Westminster then.
The government announced just the other day that incomes are rising and 90% of workers are better off so how can it be that there are more households with inadequate incomes? So that will be another lie from the Tory buffoons in Westminster then. gjh

3:24am Sun 26 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.
Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..
Do you even hear yourself when you type out such trash? If people left University with degrees but then sat on benefits because they refused to accept minimum wage jobs, you'd then accuse them of being "lazy, workshy scroungers" who should just go out there and "get A job".

Have you considered running for the position of leader of the Conservatives - you have all the makings for it.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the poorly paid, hard working, people of York.The poor wages are the problem- £6.31 ph, £6.81ph, for a lot of people you cant even get to £185 before housing costs never mind after.[/p][/quote]Get a better education and qualifications and then you don't have to work for minimum wage instead of blaming the system .Leave the lower paid jobs to people who happy to work for them..[/p][/quote]Do you even hear yourself when you type out such trash? If people left University with degrees but then sat on benefits because they refused to accept minimum wage jobs, you'd then accuse them of being "lazy, workshy scroungers" who should just go out there and "get [b]A[/b] job". Have you considered running for the position of leader of the Conservatives - you have all the makings for it. Magicman!

3:28am Sun 26 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

gjh wrote:
The government announced just the other day that incomes are rising and 90% of workers are better off so how can it be that there are more households with inadequate incomes? So that will be another lie from the Tory buffoons in Westminster then.
Yep, you got the idea.... they just pull the handle on their little bulsh*tting machine, and whatever pops out they go and tell the world. "We've increased productivity", "more people are better off since we came to power", "we've cured cancer", "our much-hated austerity plans are producing results of more people in work therefore meaning we were right all along"....
[quote][p][bold]gjh[/bold] wrote: The government announced just the other day that incomes are rising and 90% of workers are better off so how can it be that there are more households with inadequate incomes? So that will be another lie from the Tory buffoons in Westminster then.[/p][/quote]Yep, you got the idea.... they just pull the handle on their little bulsh*tting machine, and whatever pops out they go and tell the world. "We've increased productivity", "more people are better off since we came to power", "we've cured cancer", "our much-hated austerity plans are producing results of more people in work therefore meaning we were right all along".... Magicman!

9:21am Sun 26 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

smudge2 wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children.
Keep your nose out Chissy for a change.
Freedom of speech.And actually i agree with your first comment.The children that i was referring to are the do gooders and pc brigade who will champion any cause that they think will make them look and sound good.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic bunch you are,like school children.[/p][/quote]Keep your nose out Chissy for a change.[/p][/quote]Freedom of speech.And actually i agree with your first comment.The children that i was referring to are the do gooders and pc brigade who will champion any cause that they think will make them look and sound good. CHISSY1

3:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

York Fox says...

Hopefully with Labour's massive economic blunders finally being corrected the UK standard of living tanker is turning. Even Labour politicians are quite clear about the fact that the UK has turned a corner economically. It's one if the best recoveries in the world.

Some checks and balances to ensure that the economic growth is passed all the way down is required. Perhaps something like increasing the minimum wage above inflation?

Oh wait, the coalition are doing that. Releasing people from reliance on the state and boosting self confidence, which is as it should be.
Hopefully with Labour's massive economic blunders finally being corrected the UK standard of living tanker is turning. Even Labour politicians are quite clear about the fact that the UK has turned a corner economically. It's one if the best recoveries in the world. Some checks and balances to ensure that the economic growth is passed all the way down is required. Perhaps something like increasing the minimum wage above inflation? Oh wait, the coalition are doing that. Releasing people from reliance on the state and boosting self confidence, which is as it should be. York Fox

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