A year on from the closure of 51 Remploy factories, only one in four ex-employees have found new work, a survey by GMB has found. The majority of those in work have been working fewer hours and with less pay, according to the findings.
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that it is considering making significant cuts to Employment and Support Allowance, effectively reducing it to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" months before finally admitting it, reports the Huffington Post.
The chancellor’s latest tax summary has fallen under scrutiny from public sector economists, trade unions and campaign groups, which call into question the government’s emphasis on the “welfare bill” as “the largest drain of taxpayers’ cash”, reports The Guardian.
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of workless households in the UK has fallen by 1.4 per cent compared with the previous year.
The UK living wage is to increase by 20p to £7.85 per hour, with the London living wage set to rise to £9.15 per hour. This follows a report from KPMG released earlier this week which revealed that 5.28 million people in the UK are paid less than the living wage.
New analysis conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Inclusion reveals the number of 16 to 24-year-old’s out of work for more than two years has quadrupled in the past decade. Around 90,000 of the nation’s youngsters have been jobless for two years or more, up from 21,000 in 2005.
The number of low paid workers in Britain is at an all-time high with more long-term low paid workers than ever, warns the Resolution Foundation.
In a new report, the thinktank said the numbers earning less than two thirds of median hourly pay – equivalent to £7.69 an hour – increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million.
The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work.