The ten green jobs that will employ thousands by 2020

Fri, 13/12/2013 - 12:20 -- nick

A big rise in the number of green jobs in the UK economy is likely by 2020, according to a new report.

Global Action Plan (GAP) used government figures to estimate the number of new environmental jobs as well as talking to some big companies including Sainsbury's, Siemens and Bosch about their future work opportunities.

While expansion in higher-profile areas like wind farms and solar panels will continue, the next seven years will see green jobs move into the mainstream and they will be based everywhere.

Rent arrears rising - but BBC forgets why

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:36 -- nick

Phone calls on rent arrears are the most common received by the government's Money Advice (MA) service, and 37% more people have contacted them for this reason over the last year.

But the BBC's reporting of this makes no mention of the likely main cause - the government's hated bedroom tax.

Whistleblower tells of sanctions targets as IDS sticks head in sand

Tue, 10/12/2013 - 11:39 -- nick

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was faced with more accusations of sanction targets when he was questioned by MPs yesterday.

Appearing before the work and pensions select committee, Smith denied that sanction targets existed, despite being presented with evidence to the contrary.

This evidence included the testimony of a whistleblower who spoke to the committee on the same day, a former jobcentre worker from Manchester.

IDS to face MPs to account for his Universal Credit failings

Mon, 09/12/2013 - 13:05 -- nick

Under-fire Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith will finally face a committee of MPs this afternoon to account for his failures on the Universal Credit system.

In advance of this he gave an interview to The Financial Times in which he said he took "complete responsibility ... from start to finish" for the issues affecting the scheme.

JCB to create 2,500 new jobs

Fri, 06/12/2013 - 12:25 -- nick

Construction machinery maker JCB is to create 2,500 new jobs.

It will build new factories in Cheadle, Cheshire, and Uttoxeter in Staffordshire as part of a £150 million expansion.

The boost to output will also help create work at the company's components factories at Foston in Derbyshire and Wrexham.

The level of UK construction output is still lower than before the recession but JCB is a successful exporter to other countries.

Phillip Atkins, leader of Stoke City Council, said:

IDS admits more Universal Credit delays while hiding behind Autumn Statement

Thu, 05/12/2013 - 12:57 -- nick

Under-fire Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that he will miss his most recent timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit - the latest in a long line of delays.

He chose to release this information on the day the Chancellor gives his Autumn Statement, when most political reporters are busy, hiding his latest disappointment behind George Osborne.

Food emergency in UK as poverty and benefit cuts hit home

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 17:40 -- nick

Food poverty has grown in the UK to a point of national health emergency - and benefit cuts are to blame.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, the scientists and public health experts said the rise in starvation and food bank use bore the hallmarks of a national medical emergency.

In a letter the group points the finger at the government's benefit cuts, citing evidence from the UK's biggest food bank provider the Trussell Trust:

Government must publish food bank report say MPs

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 14:21 -- nick

A group of MPs has called on the government to publish its long-awaited report on food banks.

The study was delivered to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in June, but there has been speculation that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), headed up by under-fire Iain Duncan Smith, has banned its release.

Universal Credit encourages poverty while IDS trumpets unproven work link

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 14:13 -- nick

A new report on Universal Credit shows that poverty is growing for those taking part in pilot schemes.

The scheme has been blighted from the start, with accusations of mismanagement, allegations that it does not work, the write-off of hundreds of millions of pounds due to IT failures, and a far slower introduction pace than promised.



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