Inclusion events - Winter sale

After a year of highlights, we'd like to thank our customers by announcing a winter sale on upcoming Inclusion events. See below for more details and to get your free voucher.

Upcoming Inclusion events: 

Legal action taken to challenge changes to Access to Work scheme

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.

Parkhouse Bell appoints new Managing Director, Matt Wells

Parkhouse Bell are delighted to announce that Matt Wells will be joining our team in January as our new Managing Director.

Matt is well-known in the Welfare to Work sector in the UK and Australia, having worked in a variety of senior operational and business development roles over the past 15 years. Most recently, Matt worked for MAXIMUS as their Business Development Director covering the UK & Europe.

Press Release: Disabled Living Foundation and Shaw Trust partnership agreed

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living for over 40 years, has joined forces with Shaw Trust. The charities will merge at the end of November and DLF will retain its name, identity and staff.

DWP consultation seeking views on allowing sharing of Universal Credit information with social landlords to enable them to support tenants

The DWP consultation asking for views on whether Universal Credit information should be shared with social landlords, to enable them to help tenants, closes on 19th October 2014, 11:45pm

From the DWP release

Three quarters of English local authorities will have to scale-back or scrap support for vulnerable people

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published details of a survey showing that up to three quarters of English local authorities will have to either significantly scale back crisis support for vulnerable people or scrap their provision entirely, if Government goes ahead with its plans to remove funding for Local Welfare Schemes.

Assumption that employers choose migrants over UK born workers is a myth, research finds

British employers who hire EU migrants over UK born job seekers do so for their experience and commitment rather than lower pay, reports the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Iain Duncan Smith reveals plans for pre-paid benefits cards to prevent "destructive habits" of welfare recipients

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Iain Duncan Smith has announced plans to test the use of pre-paid benefit smart cards to prevent claimants "destructive habits."

George Osborne proposes two year benefits freeze to save £3bn

A future Conservative government will freeze benefits for two years to save £3bn from the welfare bill, George Osborne has announced at the Conservative Party Conference. 

Continuing to work: How can employment support meet the needs of older workers?

This seminar will bring together key practitioners and speakers to discuss the specific challenges faced by older workers. Through discussion and the sharing of best practice, we will seek to find practical solutions to enhance employment support for older jobseekers.

New Report from the Young Women’s Trust: 'The Crisis of Young Women's Worklessness'

More than 90,000 more young women than men are out of education, employment and training. According to the latest figures, 418,000 women aged 18-24 compared with 325,000 men are considered NEET.

Employment and Support Allowance assessment result wait time "unacceptable"

Official figures show that one in four disabled people have been made to wait an “unacceptable” length of time for the outcome of ESA claims to be decided. The Mirror reports that just 25% of ESA claims are being processed within the 13 week target, with some waiting for as long as over a year.

Nine out of ten jobs advertised on Universal Jobmatch placed by agencies, says report

New research carried out for London Voluntary Service Council shows that nine in every ten jobs advertised in London on Universal Jobmatch were placed there by job warehouses, CVlistings sites, and recruitment agencies.

A4e terminating 'Offender Learning and Skills Service' contract

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is looking for a general FE college to step in after a major private provider pulled out early from London’s £17m prison education contract, reports FE Week.

In the latest example of a college taking on prov

Iain Duncan Smith insists Universal Credit sign-off due ‘very shortly’

Iain Duncan Smith has insisted that HM Treasury is due to sign off the full business case for Universal Credit ‘very shortly’ despite it being five months since it was submitted.