Office of National Statistics reveals first business estimates of employee contracts without guaranteed hours

A snapshot survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that employers in Great Britain are using around 1.4 million employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours.

Non-guaranteed hours contracts (NGHCs) include, but are not exclusively, “zero-hours contracts”, as they also include some other contract types which do not guarantee a minimum number of hours.

Help to Work Scheme launched

The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the Help to Work Scheme, a plan to help the long term unemployed, in September 2013. It took effect on 28 April 2014, and it will affect anyone who has been on the government’s existing Work Programme, but who still has not found a job after two years.

New DWP Work Programme referral estimates placed in Commons Library

Letter dated 14/04/2014 from Esther McVey MP to the Deposited Papers Clerk regarding a document for deposit in the House libraries. 1p. II. Work Programme attachment forecasts sent to providers. 6p.

Library reference DEP2014-0637

Centre for Mental Health Conference 25 June 2014

Working it out: How to successfully support people with mental illness into employment

Learn from UK experts how to practically set up and manage employment services that effectively support people with mental illness into employment at the Centre for Mental Health's upcoming conference on 25 June at Woburn House, London. There is a fantastic programme and speakers to help your service improve the employment rates of people with mental health problems.

Why attend?

New support to give homeless people ‘basic building blocks’ for work

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock have announced a pilot scheme that intends to give the most vulnerable homeless people the right skills and training to get into work.

Councils fail to spend almost half of crisis funds

Responses to freedom of information requests by the Guardian newspaper have revealed that at the end of January, councils were yet to spend £67 million of the £136 million allocated to local welfare assistance schemes.

New cash injection to help young improve their skills and job prospects

The government has announced The Youth Employment Initiative, a new £170 million programme, which is designed to help young people, aged 15-24 into employment.

Labour pledges to overhaul the fitness-for-work tests that it introduced

It has been announced that the Labour party would overhaul the controversial “work capability assessments”, if they are elected next May.

Oxfam: Welfare reform has pushed over a million households into greater poverty

A new report by the charity Oxfam and the New Policy Institute has warned that 1.75 million households have seen their finances tumble in the wake of the government's welfare reforms.

Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users

The Trussell Trust, the largest food bank provider in the UK, says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, compared to 347,000 the year before.

Northern Ireland’s Social Development Minister supports funding to encourage benefit take up

Northern Ireland’s Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has announced further funding to support voluntary and community organisations that are committed to implementing new ways to increase benefit uptake.

Extended benefit sanctions push up numbers seeking advice on paying bills

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has reported a 60 per cent spike in people seeking advice about paying bills since the period that JSA is withheld was increased from one week to four weeks last December.

Benefit claimants ‘required to do more to find work’

Employers can expect more job applicants through Jobcentre Plus as the government has outlined tougher rules for anyone hoping to receive Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). These requirements will build on the ‘claimant commitment’ that began rolling out last year, whereby claimants must sign a commitment to take certain actions, such as regularly applying for a minimum number of jobs, to find work.

Steven Morgan has been announced as the new Chair of the National Procurement Service for Wales Board.

Finance Minister Jane Hutt has today announced the appointment of Mr Steven R. Morgan as the new Chair of the National Procurement Service for Wales Board. He has previously worked in the public and private sector.

The National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS) manages contracts for common and repetitive spend across the public sector in Wales and helps to reduce expenditure; eliminate duplication, develop a sustainable procurement model and increase efficiency.

Miliband outlines Labour plans to devolve powers over skills funding, employment and the Work Programme

Labour leader Ed Miliband has delivered a speech and written to council leaders setting out his plans for devolution of economic powers. Mr Miliband has said that under Labour’s proposals; cities, counties and LEPs will take control of local economic plans, investment in infrastructure, skills budgets and the Work Programme.