Minimmum wage to rise to £6.31 in October

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 18:28 -- nick

The minimum wage is to rise to £6.31 from October, the government has confirmed.

The new rate will mean a rise of 12p per hour from the current rate of £6.19.

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the change, and confirmed an increase of 5p in the minimum wage for 18-to-20-year-olds to £5.03.

The new rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission, although Cable also revealed that apprentices would receive 3p more, £2.68 per hour, despite the Commission recommending no change.

Work Programme payment model not working

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

Work Programme providers do not receive enough money to deliver vital support to their unemployed clients, a report has found.

Companies that provide the Programme are paid a small amount when a jobseeker joins them, but only receive major payments when the clients has been found work and when they have stayed in work for a period.

Government to rush law to stop benefit refunds to placees

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

The government, aided by the Labour opposition, is to rush through legislation to stop it having to repay those claimants who lost benefits through being wrongly sanctioned over work experience.

The Guardian is reporting that the opposition is likely to abstain from the vote, meaning a bill can move through parliament and become law quickly.

The bill has been drafted in response to the appeal court ruling last month in the case of Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson, who had been forced to undertake work experience.

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns benefit cuts

Sun, 10/03/2013 - 19:26 -- nick

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned benefit cuts.

Backing a letter from UK bishops which criticised the government's decision to increase working-age benefits by only 1% - a real-terms cut at a time when inflation is at 2.7% - he said that society had a duty to protect the "vulnerable and in need".

The bishops claimed that 200,000 more children would be pushed into poverty by the changes, and many will be the children of unemployed people.

Jobseekers now required to use Universal Jobmatch

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 18:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now requires all benefit-claiming jobseekers to use its Universal Jobmatch website.

Those who refuse can be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

Universal Jobmatch is an online site that matches unemployed people with jobs.

Employers are encouraged to post all jobs on it, while jobseekers can upload their CV and receive automatic notification when a matching job is posted.

Those who do not have internet access at home will be given it at their Jobcentre where possible.

Budget watch: will even more be slashed from benefits?

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 13:26 -- nick

This weekend the Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond, was interviewed in The Telegraph.

He was making the case for more funding for defence, believing that this should be a priority for the coalition.

So where should the funding be cut from if the government is to reach its self-imposed austerity targets?

Why, benefits of course:

Unemployment falls to 2.5 million

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 14:06 -- nick

UK unemployment has fallen again in the three months to December, to 2.5 million.

When only those who are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance are counted the number is 1.54 million, down by 12,500 on the quarter and 64,000 on the year.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) information also shows that employment has reached another new high, at 29.7 million.

IDS - graduates not too good to work in supermarkets

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:06 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has hit out at graduates who believe they are too good to work in supermarkets.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Duncan Smith denied that his work experience programmes were a form of slave labour, and criticised geology graduate Cait Reilly who had brought a successful court case against the government alledging this.

No halt to unpaid work experience schemes

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 12:37 -- nick

The government has confirmed there will be no break in its mandatory work experience schemes.

Yesterday's Court of Appeal ruling on the cases of Cait Reilly and Jamie Wilson stopped these programmes on a technicality, not because the 'forced labour' claim was upheld.

Ministers at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) brought in new regulations last night which it believes will allow it to require jobseekers to take part in compulsory schemes.



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