The Local Government Association (LGA) has published details of a survey showing that up to three quarters of English local authorities will have to either significantly scale back crisis support for vulnerable people or scrap their provision entirely, if Government goes ahead with its plans to remove funding for Local Welfare Schemes.
Vince Cable has unveiled plans for a national minimum wage for 16 to 17 year olds in work and in their first year of apprenticeships. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference, Mr Cable said: “Thanks to the Lib Dems, apprenticeships are helping to create a stronger economy and opportunities for young people. I want the minimum pay for apprentices boosted by £1 an hour.”
Calls by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland has been rejected by Parliament, with the new benefit roll out to continue as planned.
Ms Sturgeon had asked PM David Cameron for a delay while new Scottish devolution powers are considered by Lord Smith's commission.
Three years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, more than one million over 65's now choose to stay in work. The figures are revealed in a new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) analysis released to mark International Older People’s Day.
There are now 1,103,000 workers aged 65 andover in work compared to 874,000 in the quarter October to December 2011 – an increase of 229,000.
The Independent reports accusations aimed at government ministers of pushing 300,000 people to pay day lenders as benefit changes come into force next week.
As of next week, new JSA claimants will have to wait a full week to make a claim, rather than the current 3 days. This change will save £50m from welfare spending next year.
British employers who hire EU migrants over UK born job seekers do so for their experience and commitment rather than lower pay, reports the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).
At the Labour party conference this week, Ed Miliband said
A future Conservative government will freeze benefits for two years to save £3bn from the welfare bill, George Osborne has announced at the Conservative Party Conference.