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State must 'go further' to help addicts

Fri, 25/05/2012 - 12:22 -- nick

The state should intervene further to help drug and alcohol addicts recover and make them employable in future, a senior cabinet minister has said.

In a speech to Alcoholics Anonymous, Iain Duncan Smith argued that addicts who are unable to work are being let down by the welfare system.

The BBC understands removing benefits from people refusing treatment will be an option but a "hypothetical" one.

One drug charity said such a move would set a "dangerous precedent".

A4e sent jobseeker to lap dancing club

Fri, 25/05/2012 - 11:45 -- nick

Controversial welfare-to-work firm A4e was facing fresh police investigation last night as it emerged it had once sent a jobseeker to look for work in a lap dancing club.

Three whistleblowers yesterday handed MPs a 'damning' dossier of alleged fraud at the firm, which is one of five prime contractors on the Government's flagship £5 billion Work Programme.

Female unemployment: Why has it been rising rapidly?

Tue, 22/05/2012 - 11:29 -- nick

Unemployment has fallen and that is certainly good news for those who have been hunting for jobs.

But the jobless total is still high and it is hard to tell where it will be in the second half of this year.

Beneath the headlines are many puzzling aspects of the jobs market, one of which is that female unemployment has been rising a lot faster than the male total.

So why does it seem that the hunt for jobs is harder for women than men?

UK economy: Underemployment on the rise

Tue, 22/05/2012 - 11:20 -- nick

Unemployment may have fallen last month, but this figure is masked by the growing number of people who are being forced to work part-time because they cannot get a full-time job.

"Underemployment" has reached another record high, with a further 73,000 people joining the ranks of the underemployed over the last quarter.

It now means more than 1.4 million people are not getting the hours they want or need.

It is a phenomenon on a scale that we've never seen before.