The disability charity Scope have released a new report examining the possible economic impacts of a future labour force that is more inclusive of disabled people.
Drawing on figures from The Family Resources Survey 2011-12 the report suggests that disability employment rates are currently around 57 per cent. Although other data sources suggest that this could be closer to 47.4 per cent.
A NCFE survey that targeted 1000 18-24 year olds to find out what young people in the UK thought of their post-school options has found that there is still much pressure on students to go to university and that a knowledge gap around other options has led to few considering Apprenticeships.
Of the 1000 participants who completed the survey that was carried out during six days in March, 40 per cent of females and 27 per cent of males said that they were under pressure to go to University., whilst only 12 per cent said that they were considering doing a vocational course.
Figures released by the Trussel Trust at the end of April 2015, show that more than 1 million people received three days’ food from Trussell Trust foodbanks, compared to 900,000 last year.
Rightsnet has published a comprehensive summary of benefit and tax credit measures proposed by eight of the parties battling it out in the upcoming General Election. The summary of Manifesto pledges from the Conservatives, Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, UKIP, Plaid Cymru, SDLP and the Greens can be found here.
Key pledges from the Tories and Labour include:
Research published by Citizens UK has found that in 2014, the total Public Subsidy paid to low-wage employees was over £10.9bn.
Walcot Foundation and Trust for London have this week launched Step Up, a programme to fund pilot interventions which support low paid London residents to progress in work.
Step Up aims to tackle the growing issues of low pay and poverty in the capital and have announced the availability of an £80,000 grant to do this over two years.
Government figures have revealed that one per cent of benefit claimants are receiving Universal Credit (UC). Computerworld UK reports that the Department for Work and Pensions considers the roll-out to be on “on track” and “making good progress”.
The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), a national charity that helps young ethnic minority people to succeed in education, employment and entrepreneurship, has published it’s Campaign for a fairer Britain - A Manifesto For Ending Racial Inequality In Britain.