More analysis of the cumulative impact of welfare reform needed says new report

The UK's main advisory body on social security matters has recommended that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should carry out more analysis in order to properly assess the cumulative impact of welfare reform, but has accepted that this would be a difficult task.

OECD calls for tax overhaul to tackle income inequality

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has called for an overhaul of the tax system in developed economies to ensure that the very rich pay a large share of their incomes, and help limit or roll back the sharp increase in income inequality that has occurred over recent decades.

Holyrood given power to end 'bedroom tax' in Scotland

The UK government has moved to neutralise the impact of the bedroom tax on the Scottish independence referendum by giving the Scottish government powers to mitigate the measure.

Stop treating ethnic minority communities as one voting bloc, argues new Policy Exchange report

A major new study by the think tank Policy Exchange has outlined the clear and meaningful differences between ethnic communities, and revealed that people from ethnic minority backgrounds will make up nearly a third of the UK’s population by 2050.

Benefits risk to jobseekers refusing zero-hours contracts

A study by the independent think-tank, Resolution Foundation, has found that the typical self-employed worker earns 40 per cent less than the typical employee, and that weekly earnings for the self-employed have seen a 20 per cent fall since 2007. In contrast, the average employee has seen a six per cent fall in their weekly earnings.

Dramatic fall in earnings of self-employed, as their numbers rise

A study by the independent think-tank, Resolution Foundation, has found that the typical self-employed worker earns 40 per cent less than the typical employee, and that weekly earnings for the self-employed have seen a 20 per cent fall since 2007. In contrast, the average employee has seen a six per cent fall in their weekly earnings.

Northern Ireland homeless charity's benefits warning

The charity Crisis has warned that homelessness in Northern Ireland could rise because of the pressures on social housing and benefit changes, and it has urged the Northern Ireland Executive to take action to protect the vulnerable.

A study by the charity for single homeless people and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that one in 18 adults had experienced homelessness in Northern Ireland, which equates to six per cent of the adult population. This figure includes those living on the streets and people who have no option but to stay with relatives or friends.

Over 2000 new jobs and apprenticeships from leading STEM organisations

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a new campaign to boost participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (the ‘STEM’ subjects) at school and beyond, with over 170 leading businesses and institutions offering over 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.

The campaign – called “Your Life”, will have targeted advertising and will include a scheme to boost the number of high-skilled science teachers alongside the pledges from businesses.

Homeless women being failed across the country

The charity, St Mungo’s Broadway has told the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness that homeless women are being failed at both the local and national levels across the UK.

They were presenting findings from their recent Rebuilding Shattered Lives report, which brought together more than 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves, and set out the issues, good practice and ten recommendations.

Inclusion partner with Numbers4Good to support organisations interested in bidding for SIBs intended to help young people

The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion have partnered with Numbers4Good to support organisations interested in bidding for the £30m Social Impact Bond fund for vulnerable young people. 

The funding will help 14 to 24-year-olds to develop crucial skills to improve their educational achievement and employability, and therefore will prevent them from falling into a situation where they are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Claimant Commitment now rolled out across the country

The latest figures show that the Claimant Commitment, whereby all new jobseekers and those completing the Work Programme must agree and sign a commitment in order to receive benefits, has been successfully rolled out across the country.

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).