Ian Duncan Smith faces further setbacks in rolling out the ‘troubled’ universal credit scheme which he says will ‘save’ the country £20.7bn. The scheme was rolled out to families across the north-west alongside criticism from MPs and spending watchdogs.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) ‘damning’ report released on 24 Nov, reveals a rise in poverty amongst those in work and those aged under 25 compared to ten years ago. According to the study, half of those living in poverty are in working families, 1.4 Million are in zero-hour contracts, and only one fifth of low paid employees have been able to move out of low paid work in the last ten years.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has released a memo to Work Programme providers outlining new provision for in-work support funded by the European Social Fund.
Ed Miliband has pledged to introduce new measures to clamp down on the practices of ‘cowboy employment agencies’ which he says operate ‘in the shadows of our economy and on the margins of the law’, the BBC reported earlier this week.
The government announced today that it will be part funding a new Degree Apprenticeship qualification scheme alongside industries such as IBM, BT and John Lewis.
A government support pack published on 13/11/14 giving social landlords practical advice for preparing their tenants for the roll out of Universal Credit, has announced that the DWP could cut 20 per cent of a claimant’s benefit if they fall into arrears.
A former Work Programme adviser has anonymously spoken to the Guardian about her experience of moving vulnerable claimants off Employment and Support Allowance and into work. She states that: ‘Almost every day one of my clients mentioned feelings of suicide to me’.
New research published by the Sutton Trust has revealed that 31 per cent of university graduates working as interns are unpaid. The report finds that ‘the cost barriers to participating in an unpaid internship have significant consequences for social mobility’.