Jobs Growth Wales, a scheme to help move young people aged 16-24 into work, has exceded its target of 16,000 opportunities 18 months ahead of schedule. Jobs Growth Wales pays the young person a salary with the hope they will be offered a job at the end of the six months.
Since April 2012, 16,108 opportunities have been created, of which 12,730 have been filled, the Welsh government said.
New research from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) has considered the link between sight loss and income. The research compares the position of blind and partially sighted people with the general population, and with other disabled people, through a number of indicators including personal and household income, payments from benefits and allowances, and gross monthly pay.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has announced the preferred tenderers for the provision of JobPath, the new employment programme in the Republic of Ireland.
JobPath will assist an estimated 115,000 long-term unemployed jobseekers return to work over its duration and produce significant expenditure savings.
A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has exposed the realities of child poverty, warning that the UK risks becoming a "permanently divided" society unless "radical new approaches" are taken by the next government. The report suggests that the government target to reduce child poverty by half by 2020 will not be met.
Retail and hospitality firms can win a share of £2 million to come up with ways of supporting their lower paid staff to increase their earnings.
Employers in the retail and hospitality sectors are being challenged by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to develop and test ideas to help their low-paid staff to progress in their careers while benefiting their business.
Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, has caused outrage after it was revealed that he told a fringe meeting at the Tory conference that some disabled people are "not worth" the minimum wage.
Lord Freud was asked whether it was preferable for someone with a disability, who could not get a job, to be paid less than the minimum wage - and to have their income topped up with benefits - in order to give them the experience of work and boost their self esteem.
Nick Clegg has announced new waiting time standards, bringing treatment for mental health problems in line with physical health.