Housing benefit changes see "6 per cent of tenants move"

New measures to increase childcare options across the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Childcare

The Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that hardworking parents stand to save money in a new measure to increase childcare options across the country. The number of childminders has almost halved over the last 20 years, and these new plans aim to cut the red tape burden from childminders who look after children in their homes. Childminders will also be given support, training and advice so that they can deliver a high-quality service for parents.

The number of Brits claiming jobseekers allowance for over three years is the highest since 1997

Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have shown that the number of Brits claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than three years has soared from 5,090 in 2010 to 57,340; the highest number since 1997. Furthermore, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits for over five years has increased from 4,375 to 11,295, the largest level since 2003. Despite the rate of total unemployment falling in January to 2.3 million, 234,005 people have been out of work for more than a year, with 930 people out of work for over ten years.

Sick pay reform blow for those who have a personal assistant to help them with their care needs

The abolishment of the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) has meant that from the 6th April 2014, employers will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Consequently, ‘care and support employers’, or those who require a carer to help them with their care needs, will be negatively affected.

Sick pay reform blow for those who have a personal assistant to help them with their care needs

The abolishment of the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) has meant that from the 6th April 2014, employers will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Consequently, ‘care and support employers’, or those who require a carer to help them with their care needs, will be negatively affected.

Paying the bills is a struggle for one in eight people in Wales, new statistics show

Welsh government statistics have revealed that one in eight people in Wales find it a constant struggle to pay their bills. The National Survey for Wales conduct face to face interviews with over 14,000 citizens a year, and the most recent data found that three per cent were falling behind bills or credit commitments. Age was seen to be an important factor; as 66 per cent of people aged 65 and over were able to keep up with their bills without difficulty, compared with 42 per cent aged under 65.

Average debt of welfare reform-hit tenants taking part in study was around £3,000

The Real Life Reform Study, which has been led seven landlords, aims to investigate how changes to the benefits system are affecting tenants’ health, housing, wellbeing, finances, education and employment prospects. It has recently published its third report, which outlines that the average debt of the social housing tenants who took part in the survey is now £2,943.

Pluss Achieves Merlin Standard

Following an external assessment by emqc Ltd in February, Pluss are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving the Merlin Standard. The Merlin Standard been designed by DWP to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains

Employment Minister praises hundreds of HR professionals volunteering to help young jobseekers find work

Minister for Employment, Esther McVey has congratulated the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and Jobcentre Plus on the England-wide expansion of a free mentoring programme to help young jobseekers. The Steps Ahead Mentoring programme was launched by the CIPD to provide young jobseekers with free one-to-one mentoring from a HR professional. Referred by Jobcentre Plus, young people (aged between 18 and 24) are given the opportunity to be matched with a local volunteer who can help them develop their employability skills.

Government’s Universal Jobmatch website ‘here to stay’, says Monster CEO

The government’s controversial jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, is not going to be scrapped, according to the site’s creator, Monster.

Greater Manchester Youth Contract Extension (18-24) Opportunity and Supplier Event

Oldham Council on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is pleased to announce the procurement of an extension to the Greater Manchester Youth Contract to provide additional support to unemployed young people across the region.

This is a contract for providing welfare to work services in the Greater Manchester area to get young people (18-24) who are 6 months unemployed into work. This is a pilot project funded by the Department for Work and Pensions under the Youth Contract.

Remploy is looking for non-executive directors

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions wishes to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to the Board of Remploy Ltd. One role also includes responsibility for chairing the audit committee while the other includes responsibility for chairing the remuneration committee.

The Social Security Advisory Committee is seeking new members

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), an Advisory Non Departmental Public Body is seeking six new members between June 2014 and January 2015.

The Committee’s remit is to provide independent advice to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. It is also responsible for mandatory pre-legislative scrutiny of most DWP proposals for secondary legislation relating to social security matters. 

Candidates are expected to have:

MPs set to vote on £120bn annual welfare cap

MPs are set to vote on plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount that the UK spends on welfare each year, after the Chancellor, George Osborne, proposed the idea in the 2014 budget.

MPs set to vote on £120bn annual welfare cap

MPs are set to vote on plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount that the UK spends on welfare each year, after the Chancellor, George Osborne, proposed the idea in the 2014 budget.