Public procurement can help reduce youth unemployment, according to new JRF report

A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation entitled “Tackling poverty through public procurement” has found that Public sector contractors could be creating thousands of jobs for marginalised young people.

The report argues that placing a requirement on contractors to undertake targeted recruitment and training would generate many additional job-with-training opportunities for people entering the labour market: and that it could be done at little extra cost, by linking this to existing apprenticeship, training and job-search provisions.

Single parents of pre-school children face new sanctions threat

The charity Gingerbread has warned that single parents with very young children will be put at risk of inappropriate sanctions as the government rolls out new income support rules to jobcentres from 28 April.

Prison Reform Trust: Prisons sliding towards “punishment without purpose”

A new briefing by the Prison Reform Trust has revealed that, six months on from their introduction, new prison rules are undermining fairness and rehabilitation behind bars.

Welfare reform driving poor out of London, says Chartered Institute of Housing

The coalition government’s welfare reforms, which moved Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to a lower level; reduced the rates for single people aged 25 to 34; and imposed a maximum cap on LHA rates which ranges from £250 for a one-bedroom home to £400 for a four-bedroom home per week, are driving poor families in London out of the private rented sector, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

New guide aims to boost disabled apprentice numbers

The national charity, Disability Rights UK, has launched “Into Apprenticeships”, a new guide for disabled people, parents and staff on applying for apprenticeships in England that will be distributed for free to every school in the country.

UCAS refuses to share data which could help councils target skills and employment support

There is a risk that tens of thousands of school-leavers could miss out on vital help to find jobs, training or further education in 2015 because councils are being refused access to crucial information on where to target support.

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.

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

http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper...

http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper...

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.