Staffline's Andy Hogarth interviewed in Daily Telegraph

Staffline's CEO Andy Hogarth was interviewed this week for the Daily Telegraph. The interview was published in two articles.

Andy Hogarth is the boss of the UKs largest company that looks to get people off benefits and into work. He is uniquely placed to understand his workers situation having done many of the lowest paid jobs himself, and built up his business after overcoming a battle with depression.

Providence Service Corporation (Ingeus) Quarterly financial results

The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC) held a conference call with investment analysts on their quarterly results. The transcript is available via seekingalpha.com.

An extract of Ingeus-relevant parts is below:

A4e purchased by Staffline: to merge under Avanta/EOS

Staffline announced the acquisition of A4e on 27th April 2015.

This means that Staffline, which already owns EOS and Avanta, will now hold nine Work Programme prime contracts, the largest number of any company (Ingeus was awarded 7 by DWP).

The employment support companies will be merged into a new brand 'PeoplePlus' over the coming months.

The companies also hold a number of other central and local government contracts related to employment and skills.

Devolution of welfare-to-work could improve the co-ordination, effectiveness and coverage of local service delivery systems

recent report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) draws on evidence from Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany which shows that welfare-to-work devolution can be a catalyst for integrating and improving local employment and training services.

Reasons to be cheerful about next 5 years, say training leaders

Employment and skills issues are at the top of the political agenda as we move towards the next general election.  Developing skills and improving productivity are at the core of sustainable growth.  Training providers can be at the centre of that debate and be the key driver to grow the programmes which will deliver improved skills for individuals and employers. 

A million unemployed people receiving no government help into work, councils warn

More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils have warned. Latest employment figures released in December show that the number of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has passed one million for the first time.

This means many of the hardest-to-reach jobseekers, such as young people or those with complex needs, are not receiving any government help into work. The challenge is growing rapidly, with a 28 per cent increase in the proportion of unemployed people not claiming benefits in the last 18 months.

New evidence connects the rise in food bank usage to benefit sanctions and welfare reform

A new cross-party report exploring the causes of food poverty in the UK has found that coalition welfare changes, ‘heavy handed’ benefit sanctions and benefit delays are amongst the complex factors which have led to the rise in food bank usage over the last three years.

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.

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. 

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.