The latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), conducts a timely analysis of the economic impacts of the recession and austerity on different ethnic groups.
Inclusion and The Local Government Association (LGA) have published a report arguing that local authorities are better placed to deliver employment and skills support in their local communities. It calls for a policy of ‘one place, one budget’ to be implemented in the longer term.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has responded to concerns about further education funding by acknowledging to the BBC that ‘while total funding has been reduced, priority has been given to the areas where the most impact can be made - apprenticeships, traineeships and support with English and maths.’
George Osborne has come under pressure to lay out the details of who will lose out following his announcement that a further £12bn will be cut from welfare spending by 2017/18. Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has expressed frustration that “radical changes” are planned but have not been set out before the general election. With pensioner benefits ringfenced from the cuts, a substantial burden is set to fall on other benefit recipients.
The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report following its inquiry into benefit sanctions. The committee has taken up many of Inclusion's key recommendations submitted through oral and written evidence - including the need for a full independent review of the sanctions regime, for changes to the legislative framework, for an evaluation of the 2012 changes, and for changes to the sanctions regime for ESA claimants.
Full independent review of benefit sanctions
A recent report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) draws on evidence from Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany which shows that welfare-to-work devolution can be a catalyst for integrating and improving local employment and training services.
A recent report by the cross-party think-tank Demos has called for a ‘rethinking of incapacity’, and the implementation of a system that ‘actually assesses incapacity’. The report recommends that a successive government should develop a system that moves away from the ‘tick box approach’, currently used by assessors.
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.