More than 500 disabled people a week supported into work or training, says government

Disabled people are moving into jobs, training or work placements at a rate of more than 100 placements every working day, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Benefits overpayments targeted by new campaign

Benefit claimants are being warned to disclose changes in circumstances as part of a campaign aimed at cutting the £1.6bn-a-year cost of overpayments. Claimants in six pilot areas will be warned they could face a fine of up to £2,000 for not disclosing they have found a job or moved in with a partner. The six-week campaign will use adverts, posters, social media and letters.

George Osborne pledges £12bn cuts in government welfare spending after next general election

The Chancellor has revealed plans to cut a further £12bn from the welfare budget as part of a package of cuts after the 2015 election totalling £25bn.

Mr Osborne has said ‘Welfare cannot be protected from further substantial cuts. I can tell you today that on the Treasury’s current forecasts, £12 billion of further welfare cuts are needed in the first two years of next Parliament.’

One in 10 young people unable to cope with life, says research by the Prince’s Trust

One in ten young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life, warns The Prince's Trust Youth Index. The Prince’s Trust Youth Index has also revealed that young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) are more than twice as likely to feel unable to cope as their peers.

‘Strong case’ for minimum wage rise, argue senior Conservatives

A Treasury minister has signalled that the government is looking at a substantial hike in the national minimum wage, following reports that David Cameron has been personally pushing the issue.

Universal Credit expected to face further delays as Cabinet Office IT experts withdraw from the project

Leaked documents reveal mounting tensions between the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The Cabinet Office has accelerated the pullout of its elite team of IT experts from the project, according to minutes of the government's universal credit board.

New Impetus-PEF report published with aim to make NEETs history

In 2014, the Millennium children will be choosing their GCSEs and the next two years will play a critical role in determining their future prospects and their risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Timed with the start of the new year, Impetus-PEF published a report revealing that one in five children born into the promise of the new millennium is at risk of becoming NEET.

Working families will be left worse off by changes to Universal Credit, independent analysis finds

A £600m reduction in support will leave millions of working families worse off by 2017 by reducing the amount they can earn before their Universal Credit payment is withdrawn, according to new analysis from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that changes to Universal Credit, announced in the Autumn Statement 2013 documentation, will save the Treasury £600m, with most of the savings coming from the reduction in work allowances.

Quarter of people claiming incapacity benefits found fit for work

A quarter of people claiming incapacity benefits have been found fit for work, according to official figures. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has tested 841,000 people claiming the benefit and assessed 227,000 of them to be well enough to work.

Read more at the Telegraph website.

Paid work reduces depression for lone mothers but state support for flexibility and childcare is crucial, says report

Lone mothers who work are less likely to suffer from depression than those who stay at home, according to new research published by the Nuffield Foundation. Depression among lone mothers in work has fallen from 32 per cent to 23 per cent between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, but increased from 33 per cent to 41per cent among those not in work.

Tougher tests introduced for migrants claiming benefits

A new test for migrants who want to claim income-related benefits is being rolled out to Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales. In order to pass the improved Habitual Residence Test, migrants will have to answer more individually tailored questions, provide more detailed answers and submit more evidence before they will be allowed to make a claim. For the first time, migrants will be quizzed about what efforts they have made to find work before coming to the UK and whether their English language skills will be a barrier to them finding employment.

Over 200 jobs saved as Remploy automotive factories find buyer

The Remploy board has announced that it has completed the sale of its profitable automotive business to Rempower Ltd, a member of Arlington Industries Group. The sale follows the government’s announcement in March 2012 that it was withdrawing subsidy for Remploy’s factory based businesses and that they should be sold or closed.

The deal sees the existing automotive business based in sites in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby transfer to Rempower Ltd, safeguarding the jobs of all 216 employees, 179 of whom are disabled.

Rent arrears now fastest growing debt problem, says charity

The Money Advice Trust has reported that rent arrears have become the fastest growing debt problem in the UK. The number of calls to the charity’s National Debtline service from people with rent arrears has risen significantly since the economic crisis first hit in 2007. From January to October this year, the free advice helpline received nearly 20,000 calls for help from people with rent arrears, compared with just 8,000 over the same period in 2007 – an increase of 146 per cent.

‘AGE 16 to 24’ programme continued until December 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published research on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds, also known as the ‘AGE 16 to 24’ programme, which supports businesses to recruit young apprentices. The evaluation's positive findings have led to the department continuing this programme until December 2014.

Government welcomes fourth independent review of Work Capability Assessment

The government has welcomed the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment, which found 'good progress' has been made on implementing recommendations from previous reviews and 'notable improvements' to the process already achieved, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced.