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Housing

Little impact on rent from benefit cuts

Reduction in housing benefit has had little impact on rents in the private sector, but some claimants have chosen to move to lower-rent areas or smaller properties, according to an analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies and research partners.

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Dealing with disability in developing countries

The ESRC-funded research project Social Protection and Disability: Policy Lessons from Vietnam is looking at how people with disabilities are supported through social protection programmes.

World population

The UK, the world and the people

The world's population has reached 7.2 billion and counting, today on World Population Day. Dr Jakub Bijak of the ESRC Centre for Population Change looks at future population trends in the UK and abroad.

Rainforest

Fighting poverty with forest protection

Research on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) in the Amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.

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Changes ahead for the older population

The IFS report 'The Changing Face of Retirement' outlines the demographic and financial trends for those aged 65 and over in England up to 2022-23. It predicts that women aged 65 and over are likely to be healthier, be in paid work, and stay in a relationship with a longer-living husband.

Family

Happy families

Legislation to promote flexible working arrangements may be benefitting family relationships. A survey shows that flexible working has improved work-life balance for many people.

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Educated unemployed: changing the Global South

The majority of young people live in the underdeveloped countries of the Global South, where increased access to schooling has led to the phenomenon of the 'educated unemployed' - frustrated by the lack of social and economic opportunities.

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Connecting with voters through social media

Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.

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Europe - a lion or an elephant?

A mass survey of 30,000 EU citizens has found that European identity is strong – and getting stronger, particularly amongst younger people.

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