Women bear the brunt of work and unemployment problems - report

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 13:40 -- nick

Women have borne the brunt of the recession, according to the Fawcett Society, a female-specialist representative organisation.

Although the government has pushed an idea that the UK is coming out of recession, critics have shown that only those who already have the most are really benefitting.

UK unemployment falls and wages along with it - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 12:38 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK has seen a big fall to 7.6% of the workforce, its lowest rate in three years.

It dropped by 48,000 between July and September to stand at 2.47 million according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), its lowest level for nearly three years.

But wages still lag behind inflation even as more people receive them, going up only 0.7% over the last year.

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.

Interns could get wages paid - government

Tue, 14/05/2013 - 13:43 -- nick

The government is to crack down on bad employers and ensure those who work for free get paid what they deserve.

167 interns and those on free work experience placements had wages paid last year after the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) intervened in their cases.

In total nearly £200,000 was reclaimed, and BIS is aiming to fight more cases this year.

It will publish a leaflet shortly advising interns on their rights, and will launch a social media campaign to back this up.

Benefit rises unfair - Ian Duncan Smith

Wed, 02/01/2013 - 14:41 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has called benefit rises 'unfair'.

Over the last five years they have risen by 20% while wages in the private sector have only risen by 12%.

Mr Duncan Smith released these figures in advance of a vote in parliament on breaking the link between benefits and inflation.

Wage subsidies for young workers brought forward

Wed, 27/06/2012 - 14:31 -- nick

Wage subsidies for firms hiring out of work 18 to 24-year-olds are to be triggered early in 20 deprived areas.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that payments will be paid when young people have been out of work for six months instead of nine.

The initiative is part of the government's £1bn Youth Contract which was announced in November to tackle record youth unemployment.

It is hoped the cash will create around 400,000 work and training placements.


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