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.
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.
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 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.
Two thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax cannot find the money to pay their rents, according to new research from the National Housing Federation.
An Ipsos MORI survey of 183 housing associations carried out for the Federation found that 66 per cent of their residents hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears, with more than a third (38 per cent) reported to be in debt because they have been unable to pay the bedroom tax. This is equivalent to 72,000 housing association tenants in England alone who are in rent arrears because of the policy.
Household incomes are set to start rising again in 2015 after six years of decline according to the Resolution Foundation. The findings come in a detailed assessment of the state of Britain’s living standards.