The Bank of England has said that while the number of people in employment rose by almost 350,000 between March and April, average weekly earnings have fallen.
Officials said that wages may be falling because more people are working, including growing numbers of elderly people "concerned about the adequacy of retirement provisions".
They also suggested that the government's welfare reforms may mean that more longer-term unemployed people are coming onto the jobs market.
The government is set to update the way it talks to benefit claimants, setting up a specialist team to look at all communications – including claimant letters – and working more closely with local authorities and advice centres to simplify the system.
Remploy Employment Services is now able to seek private investment enabling it to expand. By allowing Remploy to take on significant investment free from government control – as requested by the Remploy Board and as recommended by Liz Sayce in her recent review – they will have the freedom and flexibility to grow the business and help even more disabled people into jobs.
Beth Carruthers, Chief Executive of Remploy said:
Policy Exchange has released a report outlining suggested changes to Jobcentre plus delivery model.
Robert Devereux, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, has rejected the National Audit Office's conclusion that the Work Programme is no more effective than its predecessors.
The NAO report, called 'The Work Programme' and published on 2 July, said that the programme is “achieving similar levels of job outcomes to previous welfare-to-work programmes for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants aged 25 and over.”
Working on a temporary basis is part of many people’s career paths. More than one in three people (36%) in Great Britain have worked as a contractor, freelancer or agency worker at some point in their career, and 41% are considering working that way in the future, reports the REC.
JustFair, a consortium of 80 national charities, has released a powerful report saying that the UK government is risking ‘systematic violation’ of international human rights law in how it is treating disabled people. The report outlines how austerity measures and various welfare reforms undermine the rights of disabled people to independent living, work and social security.
The DWP are implementing four pilot schemes involving earlier mental health assessments and treatment, reports the Telegraph.
Suggestions of adding mental health treatment to mandated activities on ESA have been discussed by Conservative politicians, but the BBC reports it remains an ‘idea’ for the future.