Claimants to get tailored Universal Credit help

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 18:35 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released more details of the support it will make available to vulnerable claimants of Universal Credit.

Help has been developed with local councils, Jobcentre Plus and other local organisations, and will be tailored to the specific needs of each claimant.

DWP has today published a Local Support Services Framework, which sets out the principles for that support and calls for views and feedback from potential local partners, in conjunction with the Local Government Association.

More people have no qualifications in unemployment blackspots

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 13:06 -- nick

More people in areas with high unemployment have no qualifications than in areas with low joblessness.

A report by the University and College Union into qualifications levels in 632 parliamentary constituencies found that over a quarter of working age people in employment blackspots had no cetificates.

40 of the 50 areas with the most unqualified people were in the north, west midlands, Scotland and Wales which have higher unemployment rates, although the research found pockets of deprivation in every region.

Labour proposes job guarantee for long-term unemployed

Fri, 04/01/2013 - 17:29 -- nick

The Labour party has said it would offer all long-term unemployed people a job guaranteed for six months if it was in government.

Employers in the private or voluntary sector would be given subsidies to take staff on, while jobseekers who refused work would have their benefits docked.

The party will not commit to this policy if it wins the next election, but says that it shows its intentions if it was in government now.

Business start-up loan scheme now open to 25-30 year olds

Thu, 03/01/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

The government is expanding its young people's business start-up loan scheme through the Start-Up Loans Company.

The scheme had previously been open to those aged 16-24, but it is being extended to include 25-30 year olds.

The total funding available will rise from £82m to £112m, ensuring the older borrowers will have their needs met.

The scheme has lent out only £1.5m to date, despite the scheme being announced in May 2012, although it will run until April 2015.

It is hoped that 100,000 jobs will be created.

Benefit rises unfair - Ian Duncan Smith

Wed, 02/01/2013 - 14:41 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has called benefit rises 'unfair'.

Over the last five years they have risen by 20% while wages in the private sector have only risen by 12%.

Mr Duncan Smith released these figures in advance of a vote in parliament on breaking the link between benefits and inflation.

2 million better off refusing work under Universal Credit

Fri, 14/12/2012 - 17:38 -- nick

More than 2 million people will be better off refusing work under Universal Credit.

Despite the government's promise that work will always pay under the new system, working women may lose out in large numbers.

Couples with children are likely to be hit hard; the more people work, the more they pay in tax and national insurance, and the more they will lose in means-tested benefits under the plans.

Universal Credit, which will be implemented nationwide from October 2013, was promoted by Prime Minister David Cameron as a way to ensure “it always pays to work.

1,000 jobs to go at Department for Education

Wed, 14/11/2012 - 15:20 -- nick

Around 1,000 jobs are to be lost at the Department for Education (DfE).

Following the completion of a review which was launched in July, the posts will go over the next two years.

The DfE will focus on its core work as part of a plan to reduce administrative expenses by 50% (£290million) by 2016.

Six regional offices will close, the report states.

Work Programme referrals halved in a year

Thu, 08/11/2012 - 11:58 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has released figures that show the number of referrals to the Work Programme has halved in the last year.

Up to July 2012 878,000 people had been referred by Jobcentre Plus to the Programme, with 100,000 in July 2011 alone.

But by this July that number had fallen to less than 49,000.

The Employment Related Services Association pointed to fewer people being referred who had previously been Incapacity Benefit claimants but had been assessed and found capable of work, and put on employment support allowance.

No to £10bn further benefit cuts - Clegg

Fri, 12/10/2012 - 17:46 -- nick

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he will not support proposed further benefit cuts after the next election.

Speaking last week, Chancellor George Osborne set out ideas for a £10 billion cut in benefits, with the money to be withdrawn from young housing benefit claimants and larger families and savings made by increasing benefits by less than inflation.

But Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats who partner the Conservatives in the coalition government, denied he had agreed to the cuts.

Chancellor to slash £10b more from benefits bill

Mon, 08/10/2012 - 16:59 -- nick

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has said he will slash £10 billion from the Uk's benefits bill.

This is in addition to the £18 billion already being cut.

Osborne, speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, said that the money would be cut from housing benefit for those aged under-25, as well as from targeting lower increases in payments and limiting the number of children that the state would provide benefits for.

"How can we justify the incomes of those out of work rising faster than the incomes of those in work?," he asked.



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