The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has published a report arguing that shifting spending from housing benefit to house building and tackling low pay and unemployment is the best way of lifting people out of poverty and cutting the housing benefit bill.
The report concludes that short-term measures that cut the amount of benefits people can receive (such as the bedroom tax and the benefit cap) do nothing to tackle the causes of welfare dependency and are unlikely to have any significant impact in reversing it.
The Shaw Trust has seen a 12 per cent rise in its income, up to £107.8m, according to its 2013/14 annual accounts.
This was the charity's second consecutive year of growth, following a 13 per cent rise in income in the year 2012/13.
But the employment charity also saw a significant drop in staff numbers and made several redundancies, although it would not confirm how many. It said most of the drop in headcount was because it was not replacing roles as people left.
The Employment Related Services Association, the representative body for the employment support sector, has released its latest Job Start statistics for the Work Programme to complement the latest labour market statistics. These show that 595,000 long term unemployed jobseekers have now gained employment through the programme, an increase of 44,000 on three months ago.
Reforms designed to cut the number of jobless school leavers are failing to prevent more than one million teenagers “falling through the cracks”, according to Ofsted.
The government’s attempts to stop young people claiming out of work benefits are “too narrow” because they focus on 16- to 18-year-olds without properly safeguarding long-term job opportunities.
People working beyond the retirement age are boosting the ranks of the self-employed to its highest rate in 40 years, a labour market expert has said.
In Wales self-employment has risen since the economic downturn from 13.2% in 2008 to 14.1% in 2013. Jamie Jenkins of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people working for themselves after 65 had doubled in five years, with fewer people leaving self-employment to work for others.
The future strength and stability of the UK economy is "under threat" as there has been a long-term shift towards insecure, low-paying employment in many cities across the country, according to thinktank the Centre for Cities.
A recent report, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, revealed the number of Britons employed in low-pay positions in UK cities jumped by more than 750,000 between 2001 and 2011.
People claiming benefits will be expected to undergo attitude tests to assess if they have a psychological resistance to work under new plans revealed by the employment minister.
Esther McVey said benefit claimants will be profiled to see if they feel “determined”, “bewildered” or “despondent” at the prospect of employment.
Disabled people are more likely to be successful in a claim for the much-criticised employment and support allowance (ESA) than the benefit it is replacing, incapacity benefit (IB), John Ping from the Disability News Service (DNS) reports.