The charity Community Links have published the third report in their longitudinal study of the cumulative impact of welfare reform in the London borough of Newham.
The employment findings show that people affected by multiple cuts viewed work prospects as precarious or ‘not possible’, and those in work (often in low paid and temporary positions) reported that they were not financially better off, with many still dependent on financial assistance from the state.
The government has responded to the Committee’s report on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) which was published in July this year. The response puts forward recommendations for speeding up, redesigning and improving the ESA and WCA processes.
The government and local councils have come under criticism from the charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability following their report ‘No Place Like Home: 5 million reasons to make housing disabled-friendly’, part of their Home Truths campaign.
The Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer (DOSfYP) was an ESF-funded pilot scheme launched in November 2012 to provide Londoners aged 18 – 24 with work experience and jobs advice. The aim was to reduce the risk of benefit dependency and increase young people's chances of long-term employment.
This was a mandatory scheme provided through the Jobcentre for eligible new jobseekers. Referrals were made over an 8 month period and job placements offered were expected to start immediately and last 13 weeks.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) ‘damning’ report released on 24 Nov, reveals a rise in poverty amongst those in work and those aged under 25 compared to ten years ago. According to the study, half of those living in poverty are in working families, 1.4 Million are in zero-hour contracts, and only one fifth of low paid employees have been able to move out of low paid work in the last ten years.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has released a memo to Work Programme providers outlining new provision for in-work support funded by the European Social Fund.
Ed Miliband has pledged to introduce new measures to clamp down on the practices of ‘cowboy employment agencies’ which he says operate ‘in the shadows of our economy and on the margins of the law’, the BBC reported earlier this week.
The government announced today that it will be part funding a new Degree Apprenticeship qualification scheme alongside industries such as IBM, BT and John Lewis.