Official figures show that one in four disabled people have been made to wait an “unacceptable” length of time for the outcome of ESA claims to be decided. The Mirror reports that just 25% of ESA claims are being processed within the 13 week target, with some waiting for as long as over a year.
Richard Hawkes, of disability charity Scope, said: “These figures are damning, but all too predictable. It’s unacceptable that people are facing long delays.”
More than 90,000 more young women than men are out of education, employment and training. According to the latest figures, 418,000 women aged 18-24 compared with 325,000 men are considered NEET.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is looking for a general FE college to step in after a major private provider pulled out early from London’s £17m prison education contract, reports FE Week.
A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has explored the links between poverty and ethnicity, offering suggestions as to how poverty may be tackled across all ethnicities.
Poverty and ethnicity are strongly related, with poverty higher among all ethnic minority groups than among white British people in the UK, but the links are complex and not well understood. Poverty varies according to many factors, including age, gender, disability and geography.
A housing association's training and employment service which has served 9,300 young people across the Bradford district has closed due to worsening results.
Hilary Benn, the shadow communities secretary, has published data that shows the poorest areas of England have suffered council cuts worth 16x as much per household than richest areas.
He accused the government of failing to apply “the basic principles of fairness” in money allocated to local government, adding "The prime minister and the local government secretary say that tough times involve tough choices, but they have forgotten one very important principle. Tough times demand tough choices that are fair.”
A new report by IPPR North argues that people with mental health problems, who make up 40 percent of those going through the work capability assessment (WCA) process, are being let down by the system. They argue that the assessment appears to be neither effective nor accurate in determining the appropriate level of financial or employment support for claimants with mental health problems and that the system fails to provide the kind of support for claimants that is adequate or appropriate for people with mental health problems.
The paper recommendations focusing on:
The government has published employment and other 19+ learner outcomes for Further Education and skills providers, for the first time.
The data from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), for learners at all Skills Funding Agency-funded providers that completed in 2010/11, comes as part of a consultation on proposed new success measures from 2016/17.
The move to collect and monitor this data reflects a shift in how HE success is viewed, offering a way to capture success beyond qualifications.