A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation presents the most up to date findings on how cuts to council budgets are impacting on local services and people living in the most disadvantaged communities.
Labour market news this week has revealed that though the number of women in employment has risen to almost 14 million, over half are in temporary jobs or subject to zero hour contracts.
The Independent reports on the TUC’s latest study, which shows that average wages amongst women are down 6 per cent. The study also shows that women who work part-time earn 38 per cent less per hour than their male colleagues.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles has this week suggested that young people are increasingly pursuing apprenticeships as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the rise in university tuition fees. However, a report from the Commons Education Committee points to an overall decrease in the number of apprenticeships from 2010 to 2014.
An analysis of official figures has shown that unemployment amongst 16 to 24 year olds from BAME groups has risen by 50 per cent. The same figures reveal that unemployment amongst young white people has fallen by 2 per cent, a statistic that has been described by Labour’s shadow justice secretary as a ‘complete disgrace’.
Using OBR assumptions for earnings and employment growth the Fabian Society have projected that 3.6 million more people could be living in poverty by 2030. The report states that: ‘The outlook for the next 15 years is very poor, with a projected rise in median incomes of just 9 per cent between 2015 and 2030'. This equates to what the authors describs as 'an anaemic growth of 0.6 per cent per year’.
The latest Institute for Fiscal Studies election briefing shows that the increase in household income is largely concentrated amongst middle income households, which the report says is ‘in line with the distributional impact of recent tax and benefit changes’.
Lower income households have faced higher inflation due to rising food and energy prices, whilst high income households have experienced a decrease in income due to the fall in real earnings following the recession.
Three landmark reports have called for a shakeup of the UK's skills system. The UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES) has called for a cross party plan for skills; the Digital Skills Commitee has called for action on digital skills across six areas and Nesta has warned about the impact of children being left behind without adequate digital skills.