Social Science in the News

The Independent

Victorian young offenders were less likely to go back to crime after being locked away than their modern counterparts, a new study shows. But before anyone rushes to reintroduce corporal punishment and gruel, the gap could be down to something much more benign: apprenticeships.

The Guardian

Rocketing house prices and years without real-terms wages growth have prompted a growing number of younger people to give up the idea of ever owning their own home, according to a major report on attitudes to getting on the property ladder.

The Independent

Half a million more people were summoned to court last year over unpaid council tax, after benefits protecting low-income families from paying it were scrapped.

The Independent

Teachers are increasingly being abused online by their pupils’ parents – with growing numbers forced to endure personal insults, sexual smears and even threats.

The Independent

Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency and actually make people more keen to work, a major Europe-wide study has found.

The Guardian

New research suggests that teenagers who take on a Saturday job could be damaging their GCSE grades – an effect especially noticeable in girls – even while they earn extra cash they might spend on risky behaviours like drinking or smoking.

Nat Cen

2010 saw the formation of Britain’s first coalition government since 1945. This summary of NatCen’s 32nd British Social Attitudes report takes stock of the public’s reactions to the last five years.

The Guardian

Britain is slipping behind the rest of the world for gender equality, despite protestations to the contrary.

LSE

Since the global financial crisis, workers’ real wages and family living standards in the UK have suffered to an extent unprecedented in modern history.

The Guardian

More and more of Britain’s high streets are being taken over by tanning salons, fast food takeaways, bookmakers and other businesses that can damage people’s physical or mental health, public health experts have warned.

BBC

New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?

The Independent

Nearly one sixth of charities admit they are facing a battle to survive because of a struggle to raise money and to cope with increasing pressure on their services.

The Independent

Bright children who lack “grit” and “resilience” are more likely to end up with worse jobs and lower salaries than their classmates with good social and emotional skills, according to a new study.

BBC

Mental health trusts in England have seen their budgets fall by more than 8% in real terms over the course of this parliament, figures suggest.

The Independent

London’s reputation as the home of Britain’s metropolitan liberal elite suffered a blow yesterday after research revealed that people living in the capital were least likely to accept a gay child.

The Guardian

The Treasury will need to find “unprecedented” welfare savings over the next three years for the government to achieve its public spending plans, according to an influential thinktank.

The Guardian

Bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds are falling behind after their GCSEs and are almost half as likely to achieve three A-levels as their better-off peers, according to research published on Tuesday.

The Guardian

Rising food prices, low wages and cuts to social security benefits mean the poorest children are more likely to be obese than they were a decade ago, a report has found.

BBC

Schools in the worst-funded areas of England each receive the equivalent in funding of 40 teachers less than those in the best-funded ones, heads say.

City AM

Self-employment has boomed in recent years because of changes in technology making it easier for people to set up on their own, a Bank of England analysis showed today.

The Guardian

High housing costs are forcing couples to put off having children and persuading some would-be buyers to consider taking part in medical research to raise funds for a deposit, it was claimed on Friday.

The Independent

More than a third of victims of domestic violence cannot provide the evidence required to obtain legal aid, according to a parliamentary watchdog.

The Independent

Children brought up by two mothers, two fathers or single parents fare no worse than those from traditional families.

The Guardian

The government’s drive to turn around troubled families has helped more than 105,000 of the hardest-to-help households in England, the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has claimed.

The Independent

Getting a good education could be the best form of contraception for teenagers, according to a new study.

The Guardian

Britain’s younger workers have few funds in the bank and are vulnerable to higher interest rates following a prolonged slump in incomes, according to a leading thinktank.

The Independent

Gay pupils across the country are being subjected to homophobic bullying at the hands of their teachers, according to research published today.

Times Higher

People with a PhD in the social sciences earn the largest average salary seven to nine years after graduation, whereas those with a doctorate in the biological sciences go on to earn the least, according to research

The Guardian

More than half the 300,000 first-time buyers who bought a home in 2014 are likely to have got help from “the bank of mum and dad”, despite government schemes that reduced the amount needed for a deposit.

The Guardian

The income of female workers across the world will lag behind men’s for another 70 years if the gender pay gap continues to reduce at the present painfully slow rate, the UN warns in a report.

The Independent

The number of migrants living in England has increased by more than half a million since 2011, new research suggests.

The BBC

In the early 1930s, the height of the Great Depression, as many as 50 per 100,000 men over the age of 65 took their lives every year in England and Wales.

The BBC

Average household incomes are back to pre-crisis levels, but still more than 2% below their 2009-10 peak, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

The Independent

Two thirds of all care jobs in the UK are paid below the living wage, according to a study which calls for the government to subsidise higher wages for the 930,000 care workers below that level.

Gov.uk

Knuckling down and succeeding in school puts an average of £140,000 in a young person’s back pocket, new in-depth analysis of the economic benefit of education involving more than 400,000 people reveals.

The Independent

Nearly 100,000 of the poorest children in the UK went hungry last year because their parents’ benefits were stopped or cut, according to a report by a coalition of churches.

The Guardian

The number of people sleeping rough on London’s streets has increased in the past year and soared by comparison with 2010, according to the latest government figures.

The Independent

Secondary school pupils are being “seriously under-challenged” by the difficulty of the books they are given to read and teachers must do more to encourage students to read demanding literature, according to a study.

The Independent

The number of children in poverty in Britain will rise by 1.2 million by 2030 without a dramatic change in government policy, according to research published today.

The Independent

Rates of teenage pregnancy are now at their lowest since records began in 1969, new figures show.

The Guardian

Victims of domestic violence are abused for almost three years before they get the help they need, and some are subjected to more than 50 incidents during that time, according to a study of the largest database of domestic violence victims in the UK.

Nuffield Foundation

Delaying school entry could cause poorer academic performance, according to new research from the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The Guardian

The number of suicides in the UK increased, with the male rate its highest since 2001, according to the latest statistics.

The Independent

Soaring costs of childcare, leaving low earning parents in some parts of Britain more than £50 a week worse off, mean that many families are better off not working, according to the Family and Childcare Trust.

The Guardian

Victims of domestic abuse increasingly face being cross-examined by their attackers because legal aid cuts make it difficult to qualify for courtroom representation, according to research by Citizens Advice.

The Conversation

As part of a yet to be published study of 2,774 British people in the summer of 2013, respondents were asked what they thought of a variety of groups, institutions, and countries

The Independent

The three most desirable jobs in Britain are an author, a librarian and an academic, according to a new study that suggests the country is increasingly bookish in its career aspirations.

The Independent

Nearly two million working families in England and Wales live in areas where councils are failing to provide appropriate childcare, a situation that has grown worse over the past 12 months.

The Guardian

The number of people evicted from their rented homes hit record levels in 2014, according to official figures published on Thursday, with rising rents and changes to benefits amongst the factors taking their toll on tenants’ finances.

The Guardian

An estimated 1.4 million women and 700,000 men have suffered domestic abuse in the last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Independent

The Muslim population in the UK has nearly doubled across England and Wales since 2001 to 2.71 million, but almost half live in the most deprived local authorities.

University of Bristol

More than four in ten teenage schoolgirls in England have experienced sexual coercion, research by University of Bristol academics reveals.

The Independent

Over one million British people have signed up to a website that helps them arrange extra-marital relationships.

BBC

More than a tenth of UK care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage of £6.50 an hour, a study suggests.

The Independent

Jobless women who suffer sexual and domestic violence are being wrongly penalised by losing all or part of their benefits, according to a report published today.

The Independent

One thing will remain the same after the general election whoever wins – the Commons will still be full of privately educated MPs.

BBC

Anti-Semitic incidents reached a record level in the UK last year, according to the Community Security Trust.

BBC

The current death rate in England and Wales is running about one-third higher than its normal rate for this time of year, official statistics show.

The Guardian

Attempts to improve social mobility in Britain throughout the last 150 years have failed to make any material difference, according to new research.

The Guardian

More than £800m a year is being wasted on students who drop out of apprenticeships and A-level courses because their schools and colleges are more interested in getting “bums on seats” than on guiding them to the right subjects. Critics warn that data released today shows that a generation of young people have been set up for failure, spending wasted months out of the jobs market or more appropriate education.

The Guardian

The gap between the numbers of rich and poor students applying to university has narrowed, with disadvantaged teenagers more likely than ever before to want to enrol.

BBC

Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years, an analysis by the BBC shows.

The BBC

Hundreds of schools and colleges in England do not send any students on to the UK's top universities, data shows.

The Independent

According to academics from the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex, foreign intervention in a civil war is 100 times more likely when the afflicted country has high oil reserves than if it has none.

The Guardian

Black and Asian young people leaving school are more likely to go to university than their white counterparts, according to new government figures that will raise fresh concerns about educational underachievement among white pupils.

The Independent

A groundbreaking scheme that allows women to discover if their partner has a history of violence has been hailed a success after figures showed that more than 1,300 such warnings have been issued in less than a year.

The Mirror

Muslims have a very high level of belief in both God and life after death: 88% of the Muslims surveyed had no doubts about God existing.

The BBC

Girls do better than boys at school, even in countries where women lack equality with men, a study suggests.

Daily Telegraph

Common perceptions that poorer mothers and fathers are likely to be less involved in their children's lives are unfounded, according to research.

The Guardian

The number of rapes recorded by the police in England and Wales has risen by 31% in the past year to 24,043 – the highest level since for at least 10 years, according to the Office of National Statistics.

BBC

The number of suicides in prisons in England and Wales is at its highest for seven years, new figures show.

The Independent

The average cost of raising a child has risen by almost £2,000 over the last year to around £230,000, according to a think-tank.

BBC

A big gender divide exists between men and women in their 40s in belief in God and life after death, a poll suggests.

BBC

Crime cost the UK retail industry £603m in the 2013-14 financial year, 18% higher than the previous 12 months, according to new research.

The Guardian

The global jobs market will continue to deteriorate in the coming years, while rising income inequality and high youth unemployment will stoke more social unrest, a new report warns today

The BBC

The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by charity group Oxfam.

The Guardian

For every 12 net new jobs that have been created in cities and towns in southern England since 2004 only one has been generated in towns in the rest of Britain, according to a report by a thinktank that has compared urban areas across the country.

The Guardian

Nearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, live below an income level regarded by the public as the minimum needed to participate in society, according to new research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The BBC

Record numbers of UK students graduated with a top degree last summer, according to new figures.

The Independent

Hundreds of thousands of young people could miss the chance to vote in May’s general election following a change in the way people register, prompting fears of a “disenfranchised generation”.

The Guardian

The number of times children ran away from foster care increased by a third in the past year, with many of those who absconded being put at risk of sexual exploitation, according to new Ofsted figures.

The Independent

Young runaways at risk of being killed for bringing “dishonour” on their families face being sent home, a report says.

Daily Telegraph

A third of female students in Britain have endured a sexual assault or unwanted advances at university, stark new research conducted for The Telegraph shows.

The Independent

More than half of British Jewish people fear Jews have no future in the UK, according to a new study which also reveals that antisemitic sentiments are more prevalent than widely believed.

The Independent

The energy bills of the poorest 10 per cent of households have risen almost twice as much as those for others since 2010, according to research by the House of Commons Library.

BBC

British far-right groups are at their weakest for 20 years, according to a report by anti-racism campaigners.

The Guardian

More than a million households cannot afford to heat their homes sufficiently even though a member is in work, a thinktank has found.

Daily Telegraph

Modern gadgets which allows workers to be perpetually on-call or able to check emails can put a huge strain on life outside of the office.

Fastcoexist.com

Married people are on average happier than non-married people, surveys have shown.

University of Oxford

New research from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), based at the University of Oxford, has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of people living in the world’s poorest regions are actually not in the least developed countries.

BBC

One in five UK parents with childcare costs will reduce the hours they work or consider giving up work altogether in 2015, a survey suggests.

BBC

Schools are struggling to deal with rising numbers of students self-harming, two major teaching unions say.

The Independent

More than three million people fear they will miss their rent or mortgage payments this month as the cost of Christmas takes its toll, according to research.

BBC

Which numbers tell the story of 2014? Let's have a look at some of the contenders.

Daily Mail

Fewer men are using sexist language to describe women, according to a study of conversational habits. The analysis of 2.5million spoken or written words found that terms like sexy and blonde have all but vanished from our vocabulary when women are referred to.

The Independent

Soaring numbers of tenants are being turned out of their homes by bailiffs, Ministry of Justice statistics disclosed last night.

The Independent

About £700m of taxpayers’ money would be saved if highly qualified women were allowed to work more flexibly, according to a report published today.

The Guardian

Some of the UK’s biggest police forces have recorded a rise in transphobic hate crimes this year, with victims subjected to assaults, verbal abuse and harassment on the street.

Sense About Science

Sense About Science has launched a new website to further its campaign to see that public policy is based on scientific evidence.

BBC

The number of homicides in London could fall below 100 in a year for the first time in more than 40 years, according to the Met Police.