• Debate Pack

    A debate will be held on Poverty in Liverpool, led by Luciana Berger MP in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 24 October at 2:30pm. This paper provides a brief overview of the subject, recent parliamentary material, press articles and further reading.

  • Research Briefing

    This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The unemployment rate of 4.0% in June-August 2018 was the joint lowest rate since 1975. Despite falling slightly from the last quarter, the employment rate remains at a very high level historically while the inactivity rate remains at a very low level. The growth in average weekly pay excluding bonuses (not adjusting for inflation) was the highest since January 2009. Despite this, after adjusting for inflation, earnings remain below levels seen before the 2008 downturn.