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Ethnic minority women face employment discrimination

Fri, 07/12/2012 - 12:56 -- nick

Some ethnic minority women are changing their names and removing hijabs when applying for jobs to beat discrimination, a parliamentary report by MPs and peers has found.

Many ethnic minority women experience unemployment at twice the average rate, and their levels of unemployment have failed to come down in decades.

The report, by the parliamentary group on race and community, suggests that a quarter of unemployment experienced by Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black British communities is due to prejudice and discrimination.

Universal credit could hurt most vulnerable

Thu, 22/11/2012 - 12:56 -- nick

Universal credit is due to be introduced across the country in October 2013, linking a number of benefits in to one single payment.

But MPs on the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee have "serious concerns" that the most vulnerable people may not be able to cope with the new system.

Universal credit will replace a number of existing working-age benefits - the income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment support allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit, child tax credit and income support.

MPs: welfare-to-work fraud checks 'inadequate'

Fri, 28/09/2012 - 10:22 -- nick

A committee of MPs investigating the government's welfare-to-work fraud detection has described checks as 'inadequate'.

The public accounts committee, which investigates government spending, has been looking in to accusations of fraud in A4e, although the company stated that a recent audit had found no evidence of fraud.

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, the committee's chairman, said that "risks remain, especially to value for taxpayers' money", with the Work Programme.

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