The government has announced councils will receive £165 million to support vulnerable claimants who might need extra support in 2014/15. Councils received £180 million this financial year for the Discretionary Housing Payments.
The allocations for councils in 2014/15 have also been released, setting out how much local authorities will receive to provide extra help for claimants as they move through the government’s welfare reforms.
Across the country, councils in each region and nation will receive:
Up to 27 school leavers are competing for every apprenticeship place as rising numbers of teenagers shun university in favour of the workplace. New figures show that on-the-job training schemes have been swamped with record numbers of applications over the last 12 months.
The National Apprenticeship Service said that demand was being driven by rising interest among women, with young women now making up almost half of all applicants for the first time.
Employers are expected to recruit many more graduates this year, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters.
Numbers of vacancies rose by more than 4% last year, with the AGR predicting a rise of 10.2% in 2014. The rise reflects growing business confidence and economic growth, the association says. Big growth sectors include IT and telecommunications, energy and banking, but a rise in public sector recruitment is also predicted.
Stephen Isherwood, the AGR's chief executive, said the results were "welcome news".
The report from the government’s skills experts, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, finds that the number of job vacancies in England has returned to pre-recession levels. However, so-called “skills shortage vacancies” - where businesses cannot find recruits with the skills required - are growing twice as fast.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has released research exploring the awareness and attitudes of job seekers on the move to Universal Credit (UC), as well as their opportunities to transition from benefits to employment. Universal Credit, which merges several benefits into one, is being rolled out in phases between April 2013 and December 2017.
The report, ‘Making work pay: Implementing Universal Credit,’ suggests four key steps to policy makers on how they might better assist a smooth transition to Universal Credit for job seekers.
A research report on English and Maths provision for unemployed adults has been published by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). The research finds that unemployed people are increasingly likely to be able to access forms of English and Maths training designed to improve their chances of finding work. This report follows the announcement of a new pilot project, which will require young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance without a Level 2 in English and Maths to participate in training from day one of their benefit claim.
A new £10m scheme, which will support young Londoners into careers, has been launched by London Youth and the Big Lottery Fund, following input from Inclusion.
Talent Match London is a new programme designed by young people which aims to create sustainable opportunities by supporting young people into training, work and careers over the next five years. It is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s £100m, nationwide Talent Match programme which is focusing on 21 youth unemployment hotspots across the country.
The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide for social landlords to help them understand and plan for the direct payment of housing costs under Universal Credit.
Key questions and answers can be found on the 24dash website.