Bedroom tax leaves 100,000 tenants trapped in larger homes and wanting to move

Two separate studies published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), have found that the spare room subsidy or ‘bedroom tax’ has left tenants struggling to cope and has failed to free up homes in many areas. It also discovered that savings to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will fall short in the policy’s first year.

It is still not clear Universal Credit IT will work warn MPs

A new Work and Pensions Committee report has warned that there is a worrying uncertainty about the new Universal Credit (UC) IT system, which includes how it will work, how much it will cost and who will develop it.

Announcing the #YouthFriendlyMP Campaign

Youth Employment UK (YEUK) has launched its major campaign of 2014. 

Shazia Fletcher, Head of Employer Routed Funding: Apprenticeships at BIS, to speak at an upcoming Campaign for Learning seminar

The Campaign for Learning are delighted to announce that Shazia Fletcher, Head of Employer Routed Funding: Apprenticeships at BIS, will be speaking at our seminar on the apprenticeship funding consultation on Wednesday, 9th April.

Disabled people affected by the housing benefit changes face "severe financial hardship and distress," MPs warn

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Committee have warned that the changes to housing benefit that were implemented in Scotland, England and Wales in April are having a “severe” effect. MPs explained that this is because the reduction of payments for social tenants deemed to have a larger home than they need have hit vulnerable people not intended as targets.

Therese Rein agrees multimillion-dollar sale of jobseeker business Ingeus

U.S based employment company, Providence Service Corporation, has agreed to acquire Ingeus Limited, an Australia-based company that provides workforce development and related programs in ten countries, including the Work Programme in the UK.

George Osborne commits the Conservative Party to full employment

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has committed the Conservative Party to “a fight for full-employment,” in a speech marking the start of the tax and benefit changes in the UK.

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