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.
The Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock has announced that more apprentices are progressing into Higher Education following their apprenticeship.
Research shows that overall, almost 20 per cent of advanced apprentices moved onto Higher Education following the completion of their apprenticeship, which is an increase from 15 per cent the previous year. Cohorts of apprentices have been tracked for 7 years since 2005/2006 and there have been more than 32,000 people that have made the progression in total.
The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision to improve cooperation between public employment services, which have a crucial role to play in helping the 25 million unemployed in Europe to get a job and in addressing skills mismatches.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a new campaign to boost participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (the ‘STEM’ subjects) at school and beyond, with over 170 leading businesses and institutions offering over 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.
The campaign – called “Your Life”, will have targeted advertising and will include a scheme to boost the number of high-skilled science teachers alongside the pledges from businesses.
The charity, St Mungo’s Broadway has told the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness that homeless women are being failed at both the local and national levels across the UK.
They were presenting findings from their recent Rebuilding Shattered Lives report, which brought together more than 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves, and set out the issues, good practice and ten recommendations.
A study by the independent think-tank, Resolution Foundation, has found that the typical self-employed worker earns 40 per cent less than the typical employee, and that weekly earnings for the self-employed have seen a 20 per cent fall since 2007. In contrast, the average employee has seen a six per cent fall in their weekly earnings.
The government has announced that under Universal Credit jobseekers will risk losing their benefits if they turn down certain zero hour contracts without good reason.
In the past, individuals claiming Jobseekers Allowance were able to decline these casual contracts without facing a penalty, but this will change once income-based jobseeker's allowance is incorporated into the new universal credit system.
A major new study by the think tank Policy Exchange has outlined the clear and meaningful differences between ethnic communities, and revealed that people from ethnic minority backgrounds will make up nearly a third of the UK’s population by 2050.
The five largest distinct Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities could potentially double from 8 million people or 14 per cent of the population to between 20-30 per cent by the middle of the century.
Other key findings included: