Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" months before finally admitting it, reports the Huffington Post.
The chancellor’s latest tax summary has fallen under scrutiny from public sector economists, trade unions and campaign groups, which call into question the government’s emphasis on the “welfare bill” as “the largest drain of taxpayers’ cash”, reports The Guardian.
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of workless households in the UK has fallen by 1.4 per cent compared with the previous year.
New analysis conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Inclusion reveals the number of 16 to 24-year-old’s out of work for more than two years has quadrupled in the past decade. Around 90,000 of the nation’s youngsters have been jobless for two years or more, up from 21,000 in 2005.
The number of low paid workers in Britain is at an all-time high with more long-term low paid workers than ever, warns the Resolution Foundation.
In a new report, the thinktank said the numbers earning less than two thirds of median hourly pay – equivalent to £7.69 an hour – increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million.
The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work.
Local Authority figures released on Tuesday (29/10/2014) suggest that 117,910 have been brought onto the Troubled Families project, with the target of 120,000 between April 2012 and May 2015 likely to be met.
The families are facing multiple problems, including high levels of truancy, youth crime, worklessness and anti-social behaviour. The aim of the programme to turn their lives around in three years.
The DWP universal credit 'Pathfinder Evaluation' report has found that sixteen percent of universal credit (UC) claimants who rent a property found themselves in arrears after three months of claiming the new benefit.
The report focuses on the UC claimant experience in the pathfinder areas. It only focuses on initial eligibility criteria of single, unemployed, non-home owning claimants without any children.