The Government has today announced a £5million expansion of the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, requiring more jobseekers to do a month's full time activity to help them back into work. The expansion will allow for as many as 60-70,000 referrals to the scheme each year.
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Figures from the ONS show 12% of older people now work compared to 7.6% in 1993. The ONS said 39% of the 1.4 million older workers were men and 61% were women.
Families will be told that they should work at least 35 hours a week, rather than rely on state handouts, if they want to avoid their children living in poverty.
Employers in Scotland are growing increasingly pessimistic about job prospects, according to a survey by the recruitment company, Manpower. Whereas in the UK as a whole firms recorded a positive outlook on jobs - in Scotland sentiment slipped into negative territory with a score of -6%. Manpower suggested Scottish employment was entering "bleaker times".
UK employers are continuing to hire new staff but are becoming more cautious about doing so, two surveys suggest. A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG showed a modest rise in permanent placements in May, but at the slowest growth rate of the last five months. While a Manpower survey showed a balance of +1% of employers were planning to hire staff.
In all the debate about jubilee stewards sleeping under bridges, one big fact is being overlooked – Britain's army of unpaid labour is growing bigger each month.
Unions say firm involved should be banned from Olympics, but No 10 says unpaid jobseekers' treatment was a 'one off'. Some of those hired as stewards had to spend the night before the jubilee pageant sleeping under London Bridge.
Alan Milburn says work experience is key to helping people from poorer backgrounds into professions. The social mobility tsar and former Labour minister said internships should not be part of the 'informal economy'.
The Prime Minister's spokeswoman says treatment of unemployed people who worked as stewards was a 'one-off'. Two unpaid stewards said they had to camp under London bridge before the event, change clothes in public and had no access to toilets.
Former deputy PM says incident in which unemployed people had to sleep under bridge raises questions about Olympics. Lord Prescott accused the government of presiding over the development of labour camps after workers said they spent the night in a 'swampy' campsite after a 14-hour shift.