Budget briefing: recommendations for better living standards

Document type
Policy briefing
Schmuecker, Katie
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
9 November 2017
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Employment
Social welfare
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This briefing note provides background on what full employment means in the context of recent UK labour market experience. It also examines why full employment matters for poverty, and makes recommendations for what should be included in the Government's full employment target.

Key recommendations:

  • An industrial strategy that delivers an economy that works for all.
  • Fixing Universal Credit.
  • Affordable housing to support higher living standards. 

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