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.

Northern Ireland’s poorest families fall behind the rest of the UK, according to new research

A new report, written by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the poorest families in Northern Ireland have suffered from a dramatic fall in their income due to the economic downturn; and that this has been declining at a noticeably worse rate than the rest of the United Kingdom.

Zero hour contract workers should be given fixed term employment contracts after a year, according to the Resolution Foundation

An inquiry by the Resolution Foundation has recommended that employees on zero hour contracts should be given the legal right to a fixed term employment contract after one year, providing their weekly pattern of hours worked is relatively consistent.

City Deal creates thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships in Leicestershire

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, have announced the Leicester and Leicestershire City Deal which will create thousands of new jobs and apprentices.

It aims to halve youth unemployment by establishing the Leicester and Leicestershire ‘Young Persons Pledge’. This pledge commits the area to provide all 16 to 24-year-olds with the chance to secure sustained employment, education and training, and it is underpinned by the Leicester and Leicestershire ‘to work’ programme.

Ministers defend ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales

The Ministry of Justice has been forced to defend rules, which include banning prisoners in England and Wales from being sent books by family and friends, after The Howard League of Penal Reform highlighted the ban: resulting in a wave of protest from authors.