Two new reports by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation may be helpful to the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission in developing its understanding of the effects of inequalities.
Almost four in ten families with children are struggling to make ends meet
Families with children are now at greater risk than any other group of having an inadequate income, with more than one in three having less than they require for a socially acceptable standard of living. At least 8.1 million parents and children are living on incomes below what is needed to cover a minimum household budget, up by more than a third from 5.9 million in 2008/09.
For more information see http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/households-below-minimum-income-standard-2
Does money in adulthood affect adult outcomes?
There is ample evidence that adults with lower incomes tend to have worse outcomes including worse health, lower life expectancy and lower subjective wellbeing than individuals with more. But is money in adulthood itself important? Or are these relationships driven by other factors such as higher levels of education, underlying personality traits or the long-term impact of childhood circumstances? A new study by the Foundation reviews the evidence, focusing on research that tested whether the relationship between money and outcomes in adulthood is causal.
For more information see http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/does-money-adulthood-affect-adult-outcomes