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Coalition chops support for those affected by housing benefit cuts

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 17:14 -- nick

The government has announced a reduction in the support available for those affected by its housing benefit cuts.

This follows on from reductions in previous years and is likely to mean more hardship for unemployed people.

In the year 2013-14, the coalition made £180 million available to councils through the Discretionary Housing Fund, which replaced the far bigger Social Fund.

Europe accuses UK of paying illegally-low benefits

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 13:56 -- nick

The level of Britain's major benefits payments is illegally low, and could be raised in court according to a respected European institution.

UnemployedNet has written before about the UK's poverty-guaranteeing welfare amounts - they are among the lowest in Europe and lower than any comparable country - and the Council of Europe has confirmed this.

Shock new report - MPs admit jobcentre sanction targets and call for improvement

Tue, 28/01/2014 - 15:56 -- nick

A shock new report by an influential committee of MPs has finally admitted that jobcentre staff are working to sanction targets, despite previous official denials.

UnemployedNet submitted a Freedom of Information request on this issue last year, and was assured by the head of Jobcentre Plus, Neil Couling, that targets were not being set.

Four out of five new private sector jobs are in London

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 13:51 -- nick

The UK's jobs recovery has been based almost entirely in London, according to a new report.

Since the start of the recession, 80% of all new private sector jobs have been created in the capital and thousands have been forced to move there from around the country, says the Centre for Cities.

Those in their twenties are most likely to move, while some in their thirties move out of London to start families, but usually only to the south-east.

Benefits Street residents moved after receiving death threats

Fri, 24/01/2014 - 11:50 -- nick

Residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, the setting for controversial Channel 4 programme Benefits Street, have been moved to other areas after receiving death threats.

The Mirror is reporting that some of those living there have been threatened on Twitter and other social media, leading the local council to rehouse them for their own safety.

This was confirmed by a Mirror source who said: "After we named the street in the show, some of the participants in Benefits Street have had to be rehomed. They are vulnerable and we have a duty of care towards them.”

IDS uses Benefits Street success to justify failing policies

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 13:49 -- nick

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is to make a speech today suggesting that the Channel 4 programme 'Benefits Street' has brought home the reality of life in some of Britain's inner cities to the wider public.

In a draft of the speech marking the tenth anniversay of his think tank the Centre for Social Justice, quoted in The Guardian, Smith said:

Weekly jobs board - banking, security jobs and apprenticeships available now

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 12:38 -- nick

Are you looking for work?

UnemployedNet brings you a jobs board each week bringing together some of Britain's biggest recruitment rounds.

This one includes opportunities in banking, security, and apprenticeships in creative industries and engineering.

Metro Bank - the high street bank is opening 12 new branches as it tries to challenge the UK's big four, and it needs 350 new staff across a range of sites. The company needs customer service representatives, cashiers, managers and contact centre workers.

Jobless forgotten in coverage of interest rates as unemployment falls

Wed, 22/01/2014 - 13:35 -- nick

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population.

But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates.

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

It is now looking likely that this will be very soon, and newspapers and news websites have covered this issue obsessively, being concerned about its effect on house prices and the cost of business borrowing.

£20 per week extra for new unemployed - Labour

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 12:57 -- nick

Labour will top-up Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) by £20 each week for those who have paid National Insurance for at least five years before becoming unemployed.

Rachel Reeves, Labour's work and pensions spokesperson, followed yesterday's confirmation of her party's policy of linking benefits to contributions by outlining an amount for the increase, should her party win the 2015 election.

She told think tank the IPPR:

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