A new study has shown that social care workers across the UK are being underpaid by £130 million a year. The Resolution Foundation has called for tougher enforcement from government, local authorities and social care providers to ‘stamp out’ the abuse.
In its recent report ‘Responsive Welfare’, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) put forward a number of measures to drive forward a welfare system which it says ‘isn’t working’.
Recent research has highlighted the difficulties faced by people aged over 50, who are less likely to find work again after losing their job than younger workers. This may be the result of age based discrimination, unsuitable roles or lack of support in looking for work, suggests the report.
A new Welfare Manifesto has been unveiled by the influential think tank Policy Exchange. The manifesto proposes a host of measures designed to ‘make the welfare system fairer, more affordable and fit for the 21st century.’
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that there will an additional £74 million to support the provision of local welfare schemes in 2015/16.
Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a report on the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness. It shows that homelessness rose by nine per cent in 2013/2014, to 280,000 cases; an increase of a third since 2009/2010.
The Conservative Party and the Labour Party have set out competing visions for the welfare state in speeches delivered separately in London today. The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, argued that the government’s reforms have challenged dependency and are forecast to save £50 billion over the course of this Parliament. He highlighted figures showing growth in welfare spending at its lowest ever levels, and falls in unemployment.
The government is reported to be considering making Jobseekers Allowance claimants sign on every week in order to receive their benefits as part of plans to improve outcomes.