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Tuesday, 24th January 2012

Essential Guide to Squeezed Britain

Source: Resolution Foundation (UK)

From the Introduction:

The last year has been one of the most difficult in living memory for Britain’s households. The recovery has been faltering, few have enjoyed a pay rise, the cost of living has spiked and the government has introduced a major programme of cuts.

As a result, living standards have fallen for most groups in society. Here we focus on one group that has been particularly hit - those in work but below middle income. With an average household income of only £20,500 after tax, theirs is a daily struggle to keep up with the rising costs of essentials and to meet goals such as saving or buying a home.

The roots of this story of squeezed Britain reach back before the recession. Wages have been flat for the typical worker since 2003. Even before then, those in the bottom half of earnings did not share fully in the fruits of growth. The gap between them and higher earners has been growing for decades. Rising tax credits have helped boost living standards even in the face of stagnating wages. However, since April many families are feeling the squeeze more acutely as cuts start to bite.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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