The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert, has said that helping disabled people into work is a key priority of the Welsh Government. He also outlined a number of schemes, which are helping support disabled people to maintain or gain new employment, at a UK Government Disability Confident Employers Event in Cardiff.
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is proud to be part of a new Commission into the Future of Work, chaired by the National Union of Students (NUS), which is open until Friday 30 June.
The leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has pledged to substantially raise the national minimum wage by linking it to average hourly earnings, in an effort to deal with the “scandal” that Britain is one of the worst places in the developed world for low paid workers.
Over the course of the next Parliament, Mr Miliband, has vowed to follow Barack Obama’s footsteps by ensuring that increasing the minimum wage is a “basic principle” for his party in government.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have repeatedly made false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits, according to the official statistics watchdog.
The Department for Business and Innovation (BIS) have published new guidance to expand traineeships and make them more accessible to young people.
Traineeships are an education and training programme offered to young people, including those who are unemployed. Trainees benefit from work experience, support with maths and English and work preparation training to improve their chances of gaining an Apprenticeship or other job.
Following the purchase of Avanta by the recruitment agency Staffline, private sector suppliers of the government’s £5bn welfare-to-work programme are braced for a wave of consolidation as they seek to bolster their position ahead of the next round of contracts in 2016.
Just weeks after Ingeus Deloitte was sold to Providence Service Corporation, for $225m: Staffline, which runs one work programme contract, bought privately-owned Avanta that runs the service in three regions, for £65m, making it the third-largest provider behind Ingeus Deloitte and A4E.
Government attempts to cut fraud by introducing the Universal Credit risk being "seriously undermined" by issues with housing benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions Committee has warned.
The government said its reforms were expected to cut losses due to fraud by £1bn over the next five years. But the committee argued that, alongside issues with housing benefits, gaps in the system could also increase the number of self-employed people working for "cash in hand".
The number of sanctions imposed on jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants rose to 227,629 in the last three months of 2013, which is an increase of 69,600 on the equivalent quarter in 2012.