The government have announced that a full-scale review will be completed by the end of the year on whether obese individuals and those with drug and alcohol problems should be prevented from receiving benefits unless they accept government-provided treatment.
According to a report by the British think tank the Runnymede Trust, black and minority ethnic people will be one of the most affected groups to be hit by the new Conservative budget. The study found that around four million minority ethnic people could be left poorer at a much faster rate than white people, widening the racial divide in Britain. British Muslims are among those to be hit hardest.
The Disability Confident campaign is celebrating its second anniversary. Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has publicly thanked employers for getting behind the government-organised drive, which aims to strengthen and diversify the labour market as well as giving hundreds of thousands more disabled people the chance to pursue their career ambitions.
Local councils in England will be both monitored and scored annually on how well they are doing in tackling the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). This initiative of a scorecard is being launched by the Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles and will rate councils’ performance in various areas – including their success in tracking 16-19 year olds’ activity – against the national average, helping them identify where they can improve and ensuring the public can better hold them to account.
Following last week’s budget, Chancellor George Osborne has warned that government departments should plan for cuts of up to 40%. The plans will include the privatisation of services; new charges for the public and more welfare cuts, reports the Independent.
APM has announced the acquisition of Birmingham-based (UK) Pertemps People
Development Group (PPDG).
This marks a significant expansion of APM’s footprint in the UK, enhancing the Australian owned company’s status as a leading global provider of employment, health care and skills
PPDG is a leading provider of employment and skills support in the UK. It is a prime
contractor of the Government’s Work Programme and formerly delivered the Youth Contract
Housing associations have the potential to bring down the benefits bill by £70 million by getting 42,000 of their most disadvantaged residents into work, Inclusion's new report for the National Housing Federation has revealed.
Writing in the Guardian, George Osborne urged Labour MPs to support the Bill arguing it is a “central part of a new contract for Britain between business, the public and the state to create the higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax economy our country needs to see.” Harriet Harman, Leader of the Opposition, instructed Labour MPs to abstain on the vote but