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.
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:
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.
Recent figures from the House of Commons Library have suggested that youth unemployment has seen a small quarterly fall, with 743,000 16 – 24 year olds unemployed in January 2015. Around 67 percent of unemployed young people are not in full-time education, raising concerns amongst politicians, charities and campaign groups about future policy to support young people.
In an interview with the Channel 4 news political correspondent Michael Crick, Osborne recently credited the coalition’s welfare reforms with reducing child poverty and inequality. However, figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimate that child poverty levels will rise to 5 million over the next five years.