Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support. This is according to a new report by the Local Government Association (LGA).
The Chancellor’s proposal to cut £3.2bn from welfare spending through freezing working age benefits has been criticised by a recent Labour commissioned analysis carried out by the House of Commons Library.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have published a report which shows that increases in income inequality are linked to falls in economic growth. This challenges the notion that policies which encourage wealth creation produce a ‘trickle-down effect’ which benefits low-income groups.
A new cross-party report exploring the causes of food poverty in the UK has found that coalition welfare changes, ‘heavy handed’ benefit sanctions and benefit delays are amongst the complex factors which have led to the rise in food bank usage over the last three years.
A report released on 9 December by the Office of National Statistics showed that the number of working families in the UK were at their highest in 2014 since records began. This increase has largely been amongst lone parent families with dependent children. Click here to read the report in full.
George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement has been criticised for failing to meet deficit targets, announcing disappointing borrowing forecasts and proposing, what the OBR has identified as, a further £14.5 bn cuts to public spending. The IFS has warned that these projections could change the role of the state ‘beyond recognition’.
Human rights lawyers have sent a pre-action letter challenging the DWP to publish information detailing the eligibility criteria for its Access to Work scheme. The law firm Leigh Day describes the lack of available information surrounding the scheme as ‘inconsistent, unlawful and opaque’, reports Welfare Weekly.
The Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer (DOSfYP) was an ESF-funded pilot scheme launched in November 2012 to provide Londoners aged 18 – 24 with work experience and jobs advice. The aim was to reduce the risk of benefit dependency and increase young people's chances of long-term employment.
This was a mandatory scheme provided through the Jobcentre for eligible new jobseekers. Referrals were made over an 8 month period and job placements offered were expected to start immediately and last 13 weeks.