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Weekly jobs board is back - work available now

Thu, 16/01/2014 - 12:51 -- nick

The weekly jobs board is back!

Bringing together the UK's biggest recruitment rounds, the board includes opportunities in retail, catering, hospitality and an exciting opening for youngsters interested in becoming vets.

Companies recruiting now include:

Nandos - 65 jobs are available at the chicken restaurant and takeaway, with new openings in Gatwick Airport and Horsham, both in Sussex. Management and team members are needed.

Lancashire County Council to cut 2,500 jobs

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Lancashire County Council is to cut 2,500 jobs by 2016 as the coalition government's cuts bite hard.

The Council hopes to carry out the majority of cuts through voluntary redundancy, although these are likely to include reduced terms as money saving is prioritised.

The job reductions will be full-time equivalent posts, meaning the number actually affected is likely to be higher as part-time workers also lose their jobs.

Universal credit advice now available on big TVs everywhere

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 12:48 -- nick

The government has announced that universal credit advice will now be made available on TV red buttons.

Universal credit is the coalition's flagship welfare policy, and will roll six separate benefits together into one single payment.

It will be paid monthly rather than fortnightly to claimants, leading to fears that many will struggle to budget and that those who used to get housing benefit paid direct to landlords may fall into arrears.

UK inflation rate means benefits still losing value

Tue, 14/01/2014 - 12:50 -- nick

The UK inflation rate fell to 2% in December, the Bank of England has confirmed.

It showed a fall of 0.1% compared to the previous month on the CPI measure, which excludes most housing costs, and is the first time it has been within its target since November 2009.

Slower food price rises were behind the fall, along with pre-Christmas discounts by retailers keen to boost their festive trading figures.

The RPI measure rose by 0.1% to 2.7%, showing that rent and house buying costs are still rising.

High housing costs mean unemployed can't afford to move for work

Mon, 13/01/2014 - 13:20 -- nick

The high cost of housing means unemployed people cannot afford to move for work, threatening to trap them in areas with few jobs and to derail the fragile recovery.

A report by Priced Out, the pressure group aiming to push housing up the political agenda, has released a report showing that the places where jobs are being created have some of the UK's highest rents.

This can disqualify many jobseekers from higher unemployment areas from taking up these opportunities.

More graduate jobs on the way but unemployment still a problem

Mon, 13/01/2014 - 12:34 -- nick

The UK is set for a rise in graduate employment, according to a new study.

High Fliers Research surveyed 100 of Britain's biggest employers, and found that they planned to take on 9% more graduate staff compared to last year.

This equates to 1,400 more jobs.

Nearly four-in-ten of the posts will be taken by those who have already worked for the companies on placements.

Ethnic minority unemployment now twice as high as average

Thu, 09/01/2014 - 12:37 -- nick

Unemployment among Britain's ethnic minority communities has continued to rise even as overall worklessness has gone down.

This is the finding of The Guardian, which shows through a datablog how the recent falls in unemployment have not been shared equally.

Ethnic minorities have consistently been more likely to be out of work than the white UK majority since large-scale immigration began, but the fact that the gap is growing is cause for concern.

When government departments attack - universal credit in trouble again

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 13:41 -- nick

Iain Duncan Smith's failing universal credit programme faces further delays as warfare has broken out within the government leading to the breakdown of key relationships.

The scheme, which aims to replace six benefits with one online system, was being developed jointly between the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

UnemployedNet live tweeting on tonight's C4 show 'Benefits Street'

Mon, 06/01/2014 - 14:48 -- nick

Encouraged by the 'success' of Channel 5's recent car-crash programme 'On Benefits and Proud', which gave a voice to experienced Jeremy Kyle guests while pretending to illuminate Britain, Channel 4 is weighing in on the welfare debate.

'Benefits Street' claims it "reveals the reality of life on benefits" from the neighbourhood in Birmingham which has more claimants than any other, but the history of programmes in this area is shameful, so what will it really bring to the party?

More pain to come as Cameron threatens benefits again

Mon, 06/01/2014 - 13:36 -- nick

Prime Minister David Cameron has pointed to more benefit cuts ahead if the Conservative party wins the next election.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Cameron called the housing benefit bill "far too high". He continued:

"We've put a cap on housing benefit, but I still think there's more we can do to reform our benefits system."

He promised to keep the 'triple-lock' on pensions which guarantees that they will rise by inflation or above every year, but denied that this was an example of chasing the 'grey vote'.