How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman Following the recent release of some new data on the use of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, David Kingman looks at whether it is really having a significant impact on would-be homeowners. Some new data recently released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and analysed … [Read More] How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by The Mandarin Big ticket reports from the top accounting firms don’t always come across to the public as value for money or in their interest, as recently explored in Michael West’s story “Australia’s march towards corporatocracy” earlier this week. But value can come in a variety of forms. One of the examples in West’s story should … [Read More] DSS response: $10m welfare report helping to build actuarial valuations expertise in government – The Mandarin

VCOSS applauds ‘game changing’ $2.1b social housing package – VCOSS

Media Release The Victorian Council of Social Service has applauded the establishment of a new $1 billion Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund. “This is a smart and significant investment that will change the lives of thousands of Victorians,” VCOSS CEO Emma King said. “The fund will provide for a pipeline of new social housing long … [Read More] VCOSS applauds ‘game changing’ $2.1b social housing package – VCOSS

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman looks at the findings of a new piece of research into the living standards. Since the “Great Recession” began in 2008, one of the biggest successes of the UK economy has been the so-called “jobs miracle”, which has seen the number of people in some kind of … [Read More] Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

ABSTRACT We analyze the intergenerational transmission of social disadvantages in the context of the Finnish welfare state. Previous research on intergenerational transmission has typically concentrated on educational attainment, income and social class as separate factors. Researchers commonly measure parental standing using single indicators that are very general and do not address social disadvantage; rather, these … [Read More] Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood Update February 2017 Welcome to the first Brotherhood Update for 2017, which features items on refugee jobseekers, aged care, young people’s education and training, energy hardship and more. RESEARCH FORUM What would enable refugees to thrive in the labour market? The experiences of humanitarian migrants seeking meaningful work in Australia were highlighted at a … [Read More] NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Electricity pricing is confusing – and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Greg Jericho One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issue he government has clearly decided that electricity prices is its key message for the next three years – and … [Read More] Electricity pricing is confusing – and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us – The Guardian

The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

Report Description This report investigates how services supporting those experiencing homelessness are funded, and how different forms and levels of funding, together with diverse funding sources, impact on the delivery of homelessness assistance. This study is based on nine case studies focused on different service models, organisational forms and potential new ways of funding services … [Read More] The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

“Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Diana Perche, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented the ninth annual Closing the Gap report to parliament this week. In keeping with previous reports, it outlined limited progress on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. These … [Read More] “Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Morrison pushed NDIS ‘hypothecation’ announcement despite caution about timing from Turnbull’s office – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Within the Turnbull government there is gnashing of teeth in the wake of the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) giving the thumbs down to the omnibus bill. This bill includes the childcare reform package and trade-off savings in cuts to family tax benefits. It also has a raft of other … [Read More] Morrison pushed NDIS ‘hypothecation’ announcement despite caution about timing from Turnbull’s office – The Conversation

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Relations between Executive Function, Behavioral Regulation, and Achievement: Moderation by family income – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Highlights Similar relations between EF tasks and behavioral regulation by family income EF and behavioral regulation were significantly related to academic achievement Inhibitory control and achievement were less related for Head Start versus others Few differences between EF, behavioral regulation, and achievement by family income ABSTRACT Children’s executive function (EF) and behavioral regulation skills are … [Read More] Relations between Executive Function, Behavioral Regulation, and Achievement: Moderation by family income – Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

How to Build Collective Capabilities: The 3C-Model for Grassroots-Led Development – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

ABSTRACT Capabilities need to be built from the bottom-up. Social innovations at the grassroots seek to present new solutions to existing social problems. However, since the poor suffer from limitations on their individual capabilities and agency, they engage in acts of collective agency to generate new collective capabilities that each individual alone would not be … [Read More] How to Build Collective Capabilities: The 3C-Model for Grassroots-Led Development – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

ACOSS Media Release Major community sector organisations representing people on low incomes welcome the Parliament’s rejection of cutting $5.5 billion from social security to fund child care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and congratulates Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Jacqui Lambie for continuing their opposition to these unfair cuts. The … [Read More] Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

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