Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Poor children do worse at school - because they are poor!

The educational attainment gap between rich and poor would be reduced by raising the income of poorer families

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Explaining the data
Academics from the London School of Economics analysed over 30 different studies from across the world measuring the effects of income on children’s school achievement. They found an increase of between 5% and 27% of a standard deviation on a child’s ability to learn resulting from an increase in income of about £900. Even assuming the lower 5% improvement in cognitive ability per £900 spent, this suggests that increasing the income of Free School Meals children to the UK average (at a cost of around £6,000 per child) would halve the difference in Key Stage2 test results (aged 11) between Free School Meals children and the rest. To see the full report visit http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/does-money-affect-childrens-outcomes


Monday, 21 July 2014

Differences in income between children are increasingly likely to be mirrored as adults. Social mobility worsening in UK

What people earn in life increasingly reflects what their parents earned

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Explaining the data
The Institute of Education used data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) of children born in 1958 and the British Cohort Study (BCS) of children born in 1970 to compare the association between parental income and adult income for each of the cohorts. For the children born in 1958, the IoE found that just under 30% of the differences in incomes in childhood are mirrored in what they earn around the age 40. For those born in 1970 this has gone up to around 40% of childhood circumstances being reflected in what they earn in adulthood. There is no more recent data, because funding to study a cohort of children born in the 1980s was scrapped, but findings from a cohort born in 1991 should emerge in 2020. To see the full report visithttp://repec.ioe.ac.uk/REPEc/pdf/qsswp1401.pdf


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Most of the UK's wealth belongs to the richest fifth of the population

The richest fifth have around two thirds of the UK's total household wealth

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Explaining the data
This data is from the Office for National Statistics Wealth in Great Britain, Wave Three report covering the years 2010-12 (the most recent period for which data is available). The report can be found online at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/was/wealth-in-great-britain-wave-3/2010-2012/index.html


Sunday, 29 June 2014

The UK has become one of the most unequal countries in the world

The UK has become one of the world's most unequal countries

Share of total income going to the richest 1% has grown faster in the UK than in most other advanced economies

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Explaining the data

This data comes from the World Top Incomes Database, which measures top incomes in over 45 countries around the world. Based on household surveys in each country, we have used the latest data available for each country. You can access the full data here: http:// topincomes.g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu 


The Long Shadow of War

Northamptonshire Quakers are hosting "The Long Shadow of War", an art exhibition exploring the effects of war on communities and families. 

It will be displayed at the Quaker Meeting House, Wellington Street, Northampton NN1 3AS (town centre) from Friday July 11th until Sunday July 13th, 10.00-4.00 Friday and Saturday and 1.00-4.00 on Sunday. Refreshments available at all times.

On Saturday July 12th from 7.00pm until 9.00pm there will also be an interactive discussion on the theme of "waging peace". It includes video presentations, small group discussions and refreshments.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Poorest 10% spend 23% of their income on food. The richest 10% just 4.2%. The poor also eat less healthily.

Poor people spend nearly a quarter of their income on food, yet still get less nutrition than the rich

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Explaining the data
This data comes from ‘Hard to Swallow’ a report funded by Kellogs and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and published in March 2013. A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, ‘Food expenditure and nutritional quality over the great recession’ documents the change in nutritional quality of household food purchases since 2005.