A report by the Trade Union Congress has found that the rise in female employment, which hit record levels in December 2013, is largely due to women over 50 returning to work.
Atos Healthcare, a private company that has been carrying out Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the government since 1998, is seeking an early exit from their current £500m contract after persistent death threats against staff.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a new food aid research report. The report looks at what food aid is available for UK households, who uses it and why; and has sought to provide greater clarity on the wide range of organisations who provide either short term help or food as part of community care.
The Department for Work and Pensions has released housing benefit caseload statistics that break down the number of households affected by the bedroom tax and the average amount deducted from housing benefit as a result.
Overall, 498,174 households had the so called bedroom tax applied and the average reduction in the UK was £14.40 per week. London saw the highest reduction at £20.12 per week, whilst Scotland had the lowest at £11.32. The North West had the most households affected by the deduction.
A new report from the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) has found that although all generations have been affected by falling wages due to the recession, the youngest workers are being hit hardest as the pay gap widens.
A survey has found a sharp rise in the number of young people considering a career in engineering. There has been a sharp rise in the number of young people considering a career in engineering, Vince Cable has announced.
The first official statistics for claims of the new disability benefit – Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – show 37% of standard claims have been successful. For people with terminal illnesses, over 99% of all claims have been approved.
The new benefit includes a face-to-face assessment and regular reviews unlike the Disability Living Allowance it replaces. DWP has received around 30,000 claims per month on average for PIP.
UK interest rates ‘may need to remain at low levels for some time to come’, the Bank of England has said, as it published forecasts that indicated financial markets were right not to expect a rise before next year’s general election. Ditching the previous guidance linking interest rates to unemployment, the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s new idea is to give much more information about its thinking on interest rates without giving a precise forecast.