A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said that up to 50,000 16-18 year olds are taking ‘dead-end courses’ and are likely to not be in education employment or training when they reach 19. These pupils, the think tank has said, would be better off on an apprenticeship or more effective pre-apprenticeship training.
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, and Greg Clark, Cities Minister, have announced new government investment in England’s major cities to help over 25,000 into sustained employment. The investment will run over the next three years and will be invested locally to ensure the most fitting solutions to local needs and employers.
The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, launched in April by Nesta and the Cabinet Office, has had a new priority introduced within the fund to support social action that helps unemployed people improve their skills and get back to work. This theme has opened for expressions of interest and applications will be considered and awarded funding on a rolling basis even before the deadline of 31 March.
The £14m fund will provide both financial and non-financial support and aims to:
In a blog for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Christian Albrekt Larsen compares the portrayal of welfare recipients in the UK media to Swedish and Danish press. He argues that the way welfare recipients are portrayed by the media – negatively or positively – affects people’s perception of them, as well as people’s opinions on how they should be supported or punished.
Research from the University of Edinburgh has found no correlation between the generosity of benefits and the wellbeing of claimants, BBC News has reported. Looking at life satisfaction among unemployed people in 28 European countries, the research suggested that it was rather cultural and demographic influences that dictated how satisfied unemployed people were with life. For example, being unemployed in Germany made one more unsatisfied than in other countries involved in the study, while being unemployed in Spain, Poland and Romania, did not affect life satisfaction levels much.
The Public Accounts Committee has published its 30th report on Universal Credit. Chair of the Committee, the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, said ‘its implementation has been extraordinarily poor’ and caused ‘the waste of a yet to be determined amount of public money’. The report has identified failures in monitoring progress, understanding the complexity of the task at hand, and a failure to intervene when problems occurred.
The Department for Work and Pensions has added further breakdowns to their Work Programme Visualisation tool. These are added by parliamentary constituency and by local authority. However, detailed data for local authorities and Parliamentary constituencies in Wales is still missing. Find the tool on the gov.uk website.
The Department for Work and Pensions has published statistics on Work Choice. The release shows the number of referrals to Work Choice, Work Choice Starts, and numbers getting a job up to September 2013. The statistics show: