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Grangemouth petrochemical works to close - more than 800 jobs lost

Wed, 23/10/2013 - 12:30 -- nick

The Grangemouth petrochemical works near Falkirk is to close down with the loss of more than 800 jobs.

The refinery, owned by Ineos, is the largest industrial site in Scotland, and produces most of the fuel for Scotland, the north of England and Northern Ireland.

In addition to the direct workers, the site employs sub-contractors, meaning the final toll of job losses may be more than 1,000.

Employees were told at a meeting this morning and called the decision "shocking".

Please, MP, help my family get a proper income

Tue, 22/10/2013 - 15:42 -- nick

An eight-year-old girl from East Ham in East London has written to her MP to ask him to give her parents more money.

The heartbreaking letter was carried to Stephen Timms, who is also Labour's shadow employment minister, by the girl's mum and dad.

The pupil, who has not been named, was saddened that, despite working hard at school, she was not able to undertake out-of-school activities due to a shortage of funds.

She sent the MP a copy of her school report to prove her achievements.

Workers in poverty as ten years of falling wages bite

Thu, 17/10/2013 - 12:10 -- nick

Many working people in low paid jobs are stuck in poverty with no route out, a report has said.

The government's Social Mobility Tsar, ex-Labour minister Alan Milburn, says that work no longer consistently pays enough to lift people out of poverty.

Wages for most have been stuck below inflation since 2003, meaning they have been getting poorer for ten years.

The government will miss its child poverty targets because of this as well as its savage cuts to benefits.

UK unemployment falls 18,000 but wages squeezed again - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 16/10/2013 - 12:41 -- nick

Unemployment has fallen by 18,000 to 2.49 million people over the last three months, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 41,700 to 1.35 million.

Joblessness now stands at 7.7% of the UK workforce.

There was a small fall in long-term unemployment, but no change in the number of young unemployed people even as the number who are economically inactive rose 22,000 to 2.66 million.

UnemployedNet live tweeting on C5 benefits programme from 9.00 pm

Mon, 14/10/2013 - 12:00 -- nick

Channel 5 is showing a new documentary tonight at 9.00 pm, and UnemployedNet will be tweeting live during it.

The show, On Benefits and Proud, looks likely to be another demolition job on workless people and other claimants, and we will be watching over it and trying to put some facts into the mix.

Weekly jobs board - opportunities available in the UK

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 11:51 -- nick

It's still hard to get work for many people in most areas of the country, but some companies are recruiting.

This week's jobs board from The Mirror has opportunities in post delivery and sorting, retail, administration, hospitality and hotels and catering, and includes contact links for applications.

Take a look here

The government's Help to Work scheme in pictures

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 10:59 -- nick

At the last Conservative party conference, the government announced its new 'Help to Work' scheme.

This aims to force those who are still unemployed after two years on the Work Programme into unpaid work, full-time attendance at jobcentre or full-time training.

Survey Compare have created an infographic to show how this will work in practice, and it's worth a look particularly after the amount of confusion surrounding the new scheme.

Take a look here.

Charities join forces to campaign for better debate on benefits

Wed, 09/10/2013 - 13:58 -- nick

A group of five charities has joined forces to fight for better public debate on benefits.

They include Gingerbread, The Children's Society, Crisis, Mind and Macmillan Cancer Support, and their campaign aims to give a voice to the most important people in the debate: those who need benefits to survive.

The campaign: "aims to give a voice to the millions of us who have been supported by benefits at some point in our lives. By sharing our stories we can show the reality of who needs help, why they need it and the difference that it makes.