IDS - graduates not too good to work in supermarkets

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:06 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has hit out at graduates who believe they are too good to work in supermarkets.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Duncan Smith denied that his work experience programmes were a form of slave labour, and criticised geology graduate Cait Reilly who had brought a successful court case against the government alledging this.

No halt to unpaid work experience schemes

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 12:37 -- nick

The government has confirmed there will be no break in its mandatory work experience schemes.

Yesterday's Court of Appeal ruling on the cases of Cait Reilly and Jamie Wilson stopped these programmes on a technicality, not because the 'forced labour' claim was upheld.

Ministers at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) brought in new regulations last night which it believes will allow it to require jobseekers to take part in compulsory schemes.

Unpaid work scheme is illegal, says court - with comment

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 13:39 -- nick

The government's unpaid work scheme has been ruled illegal by the Court of Appeal.

24-year-old Cat Reilly, a graduate who had been forced to work at Poundland for free while claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, brought the action, claiming it breached forced labour rules.

Unemployed HGV driver Jamieson Wilson, 40, was also named in the case.

The three-judge panel agreed with the pair, ruling that they had not received enough information about penalties for not complying and about their right to appeal.

Claimants to get tailored Universal Credit help

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 18:35 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released more details of the support it will make available to vulnerable claimants of Universal Credit.

Help has been developed with local councils, Jobcentre Plus and other local organisations, and will be tailored to the specific needs of each claimant.

DWP has today published a Local Support Services Framework, which sets out the principles for that support and calls for views and feedback from potential local partners, in conjunction with the Local Government Association.

Labour proposes job guarantee for long-term unemployed

Fri, 04/01/2013 - 17:29 -- nick

The Labour party has said it would offer all long-term unemployed people a job guaranteed for six months if it was in government.

Employers in the private or voluntary sector would be given subsidies to take staff on, while jobseekers who refused work would have their benefits docked.

The party will not commit to this policy if it wins the next election, but says that it shows its intentions if it was in government now.

London first for benefits cap

Fri, 21/12/2012 - 13:48 -- nick

Four London boroughs will be the first to see the benefit cap introduced.

It will be introduced in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey and rolled out across the country throughout the summer. The cap will be in place across the whole country by summer 2013.

The Benefit Cap will see the amount people can receive in benefits capped at the average earned income after tax and National Insurance for working households of £500 a week for couple and single parent households – the equivalent of £26,000 per year.

Unemployed to be forced to use Universal Jobmatch

Fri, 21/12/2012 - 12:22 -- nick

Jobseeker's Allowance claimants will be forced to use the government's new Universal Jobmatch site from early in the new year or face losing their benefits.

Universal Jobmatch, which launched last month, is the government's online service linking employers and jobseekers together, providing searchable job vacancy lists, a facility to upload CVs, automatic alerts for matching jobs near the unemployed user, and search facilities for employers to help them find workers.

2 million better off refusing work under Universal Credit

Fri, 14/12/2012 - 17:38 -- nick

More than 2 million people will be better off refusing work under Universal Credit.

Despite the government's promise that work will always pay under the new system, working women may lose out in large numbers.

Couples with children are likely to be hit hard; the more people work, the more they pay in tax and national insurance, and the more they will lose in means-tested benefits under the plans.

Universal Credit, which will be implemented nationwide from October 2013, was promoted by Prime Minister David Cameron as a way to ensure “it always pays to work.



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