Those of us who unconditionally love the festive season weather the annual arguments about consumerism, excess, and the loss of its true meaning. But none of us can ignore the fact that stress and worry about how to pay for Christmas always feature heavily.
A new report published today by Universities UK has highlighted how socio-economic disadvantage affects access to and performance at higher education for many students from poorer backgrounds.
Commenting on the report, the Equality Trust's Executive Director, Dr Wanda Wyporska, said:
"For far too many people, being born poor means dying poor. That means talent is wasted, and potential is unfulfilled, which is bad for them and bad for the economy. This simply isn't good enough for a modern, wealthy country that wants to see everyone succeed.
Today’s Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK report from the IFS sheds light on how households on different incomes across the country have fared in recent years, putting these trends in historical context.
Today’s news that that median incomes have finally returned to pre-crisis levels is welcome, with the average household income reaching £473 a week in 2014/15. But that’s one of the only good things to come out of today’s government statistical release, Households Below Average Incomes.