Unemployment

Government urged to create £1bn Jobs Guarantee for young people

19/05/2020

The Government has been urged to tackle the record rise in unemployment by creating a £1bn Youth Guarantee.

Figures show 400% monthly increase in benefit claims

21/04/2020

New claims for Universal Credit have increased by at least 400% in the past two months, new figures have revealed.

Nearly 500,000 new Universal Credit claims made in nine days

26/03/2020

A think tank has warned that the UK is in the midst of an unemployment crisis as 477,000 new Universal Credit (UC) claims are made in nine days.

Office for Veterans’ Affairs given £5m funding boost

03/09/2019

The Government has announced a £5m fund boost to help support military veterans.

Give councils powers to help young people into work, council chiefs say

23/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more powers to help young people into work as figures reveal a dramatic increase in the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

DWP failing to tackle unemployment among disabled people, auditors find

28/03/2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has limited evidence of what is effective when it comes to supporting disabled people to work, auditors have warned.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

UK cities have 'more than recovered', says latest index

01/11/2018

Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to analysts.

Call for more support for young people living independently

23/05/2018

The Government must do more to support young people who are living independently, MPs say.

Government confirms more job centre closures

04/04/2018

More job centres will be co-located within local government premises as part of moves to cut costs, the Government confirmed today.

Troubled Families Programme achieves 'significant' progress

28/03/2018

Government welcomes the progress made by Troubled Families Programme as a new report shows local authorities have worked with nearly 300,000 eligible families.

PM announces £90m to address ethnic inequalities in youth unemployment

19/03/2018

The prime minister today announced a £90m programme to address ethnic disparities in youth unemployment in the wake of the Government’s study of inequality within public services.

£135m employment support programme launched

01/03/2018

London boroughs today launched a new multi-million pound employment programme which will provide tailored support to help people find work.

'Rise of the robots' could put one in five jobs at risk by 2030

29/01/2018

Automation and globalisation may help boost jobs across the country but they will also compound the North/South divide, a report has warned today.

Skills shortages reaching 'critical' levels warns report

10/01/2018

Council leaders have called for the radical reform of careers and skills services, after new research shows 12 million people will be unemployed or in jobs they are over-qualified for by 2024.

300,000 ‘forgotten unemployed’ missing out on benefits, think tank reveals

02/01/2018

An estimated 300,000 people are ‘falling through the cracks’ of the welfare system and missing out on the financial support they are entitled to, new research reveals.

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle unemployment in over-50s

14/11/2017

A 'radical rethink' is needed to tackle chronic unemployment among the over-50s, according to campaigners for older people.

Mental health problems force 300,000 people out of work each year

26/10/2017

Hundreds of thousands of people suffering from long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year costing the economy billions of pounds, report reveals.

‘Local industrial strategies’ needed to boost employment in cities, think tank says

16/08/2017

A think tank has called on the Government to devise ‘local industrial strategies’ in order to tackle unemployment and underemployment in the UK’s major cities.

Six mayors to pilot innovative new employment schemes

01/08/2017

Thousands of disadvantaged people are to be helped back into work under new pilot schemes being delivered by six combined authorities.

Hardship payments extended to protect more jobseekers

19/07/2017

Homeless people or those with a mental health condition are to be offered financial support from the Government if their benefits are sanctioned.

British workers hit ‘hardest’ by immigration cuts, research reveals

30/05/2017

The Government’s net migration target of below 100,000 a year could lead to over 3 million people facing unemployment, new research reveals.

First annual report into Troubled Families scheme is published

05/04/2017

Unemployment and parental conflict are key causes of problems for disadvantaged families, work and pensions secretary Damien Green has said.

How can you help your local workforce succeed?

03/03/2017

Associate director for work and families at the IPPR think-tank, Clare McNeil, answers the key question.

Nine in ten children now live in working households

01/03/2017

The number of children living in workless households has fallen to an all-time low, with nine in children living with at least one working adult.

Benefit sanctions applied ‘inconsistently’, MPs warn

21/02/2017

Benefit sanctions have increased in ‘severity’ and are applied ‘inconsistently’, MPs say – and the Government doesn’t know why.

South London councils agree to jointly deliver new work and health programme

20/02/2017

Five councils in London have agreed to work together to commission a new work and health programme.

London and Manchester to get £100m to help the disabled into employment

30/01/2017

The Government today announced it is devolving new powers to London and Greater Manchester to help thousands more disabled people get into work.

Councils demand 'radical rethink' of job centres

20/01/2017

Jobcentres are failing to identify and support half of all unemployed people proving funding should be devolved to local councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said today.

Report calls for 'policy reset' in Greater Manchester

02/12/2016

The economic performance of the Greater Manchester region has failed to match the growth of the city since the 1980s, according to a new report.

Late intervention costing councils £6.4bn a year finds research

17/11/2016

It costs local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems affecting children and their families, new research has revealed.

Councils call for more powers to reduce long-term unemployment

20/10/2016

Local government should have more power to tackle persistent unemployment, according to a new study published today.

Troubled Families programme had no 'significant impact'

18/10/2016

There is little evidence that the government’s flagship Troubled Families programme had any ‘significant or systematic impact’, new analysis has revealed.

£60m of Whitehall funding to improve social mobility

05/10/2016

Six new opportunity areas will receive £60m in funding in a bid to boost social mobility.

Councils call for devolution of national work programme

31/08/2016

The funding and responsibility for the new Work and Health Programme (WHP) should be devolved to groups of councils in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, town hall chiefs have said.

Research warns of 'double disconnect' in deprived areas

15/08/2016

New research has revealed that 524 areas in the UK are not well connected to jobs or housing.

Troubled Families scheme had no 'discernible impact' claims 'suppressed' report

09/08/2016

A leaked report has claimed the government’s flagship Troubled Families programme has had ‘no discernible impact’ on employment rates, offending or benefit take-up.

Council suspends employment scheme for behaving like 'a Victorian workhouse'

07/04/2016

A Scottish council has suspended a controversial employment scheme after revelations it was fining jobseekers for tutting and chewing gum.

Workless households at a 10-year low

31/03/2016

Latest official figures show the number of workless households has fallen by 20% since 2010.

£50m project to tackle youth unemployment in West Midlands

18/02/2016

A £50m project aimed at getting young people in Birmingham and Solihull into work has been approved by the city council’s cabinet.

Research shows impact of health determinants

10/11/2015

Collaboration between local authority stakeholders can help address health quality determinants and result in improved health outcomes, according to a new report.

Report reveals best and worst places for 'family friendliness'

20/10/2015

A new study has found Sandwell, Barking & Dagenham and Newham to be the least family friendly local authority areas in the country – but said most of the blame lies with central Government.

Unemployed youngsters face work 'boot camp' to keep benefits

17/08/2015

Unemployed young people will have to attend a work ‘boot camp’ or face losing their benefits, under new measures announced today by the Government.

Report: Disabled and over 50s 'let down' by Work Programme

10/08/2015

The Work Programme is failing many vulnerable groups and its weaknesses underline the need for localised and tailored support, according to a new report.

Government hails success of Access to Work scheme

24/07/2015

More people than ever with a learning disability or mental health condition are being helped by Access to Work.

Manchester offers £640k to community projects

22/06/2015

Community groups and individuals in Manchester have been invited to bid for £640,000 to support local projects.

Can the Conservatives make Britain fair again?

03/06/2015

Mike Brogan explores what impact the new Conservative Government will have on the employment and housing sector

Committed to apprenticeships

21/05/2015

Young people across Nottingham are provided with a step on the career ladder thanks to Nottingham City Council’s ongoing commitment to apprenticeships.

Jobseeker benefit sanctions fall while blocks on ESA climb two-thirds

14/05/2015

Jobseeker benefit sanctions have fallen by 300,000 over the past year yet blocks on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) have risen by almost two-thirds, figures reveal.

Larger welfare payments raise commitment to work, study finds

31/03/2015

Generous welfare payouts make claimants more enthusiastic to work and do not create dependency, a pan-European study indicates.

Study shows low-income families struggling with welfare reforms

26/03/2015

The Government’s welfare reforms have caused social housing tenants to run up debts or reduce spending on food, according to a new study.

Budget 2015: Welfare cap fits £21bn savings for Osborne

18/03/2015

The Government’s welfare cap is on track to deliver £21bn savings through changes to benefit payments and reforms to eligibility, the chancellor confirmed today.

Cutting housing benefit for young jobseekers a false economy, says report

17/03/2015

Cutting housing benefit for young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance would fail to deliver significant savings due to an increase in youth homelessness, a new report is warning.

Biggest city winners support high-skilled jobs, finds 100-year study

05/03/2015

Cities have been urged to foster knowledge over low-skilled jobs after research suggested a ‘culture of innovation’ was crucial for determining future economic success.

Impact and foresight

27/02/2015

Will Nixon says new reports paint a bleak picture for post-16 education

Cooperative councils call for devolution of back-to-work programme

26/02/2015

Devolving the Government’s back-to-work programme to a local level would help save £500m and create 90,000 extra jobs, a group of 22 ‘co-operative’ councils are claiming.

Tees Valley combined authority moves one step closer

13/02/2015

Plans to create a combined authority for the Tees Valley have been endorsed by local communities and businesses.

Social problems costing £17bn a year, research warns

12/02/2015

Tackling damaging social problems affecting children and young people costs the country nearly £17bn a year, new research shows.

Seaside towns secure record £36m investment

26/01/2015

Seaside towns are to benefit from £36m investment in the biggest round of cash awarded from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund so far.

Plans for new Scottish powers met with English devolution demands

22/01/2015

Plans to hand the Scottish Parliament 'unprecedented' powers have this morning been matched with a series of devolution demands from England's local authorities.

100,000 young people off councils' radars, MPs warn

22/01/2015

More than 100,000 young people have fallen off the radar, with councils unsure if they are in education, employment or training (neets), MPs are warning.

Employment powers devolved to boroughs under £11m work scheme

21/01/2015

Almost 4,000 Londoners will be helped into work under an £11m scheme that will see boroughs claiming greater powers over their employment services.

Government doubles troubled families specialists

19/01/2015

The number of specialists helping council’s troubled families teams are set to double this year, under £10m extra investment.

Most benefit disputes resolved in two weeks, say figures

12/01/2015

The time taken to resolve benefit disputes has fallen from six months to under a fortnight on average, new figures reveal.

Councils slam ‘failing’ government employment schemes

12/01/2015

Over a million jobseekers are ‘falling through the cracks’ of government support, leaving councils to aid those ‘forgotten’ by national schemes – town halls claim.

Out of sight?

08/01/2015

How thousands of NEETs can be saved with political agenda shift

50,000 NEETs 'missing' from official figures

17/12/2014

More than 50,000 young people with are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) have disappeared from official statistics, according to a report published by the Fabian Society.

Benefit cap getting people into work, research shows

15/12/2014

The benefit cap is encouraging more people to find jobs, new research from the Government reveals.

Councils should keep savings from tackling poverty says report

12/12/2014

A new report is calling for local authorities to be allowed to keep any savings made from tackling poverty and unemployment in their area.

One million more public sector jobs set to be lost

04/12/2014

A further one million public sector jobs are expected to be lost over the next five years, as a squeeze on public spending continues.

Autumn Statement: Unemployment rate to fall to 5.4% in 2015

03/12/2014

The UK’s unemployment rate will fall to 5.4% next year, according to figures published by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

Welfare reforms fail to deliver expected savings finds report

18/11/2014

The Government’s programme of welfare reforms has fallen way short of its target to reduce spending by £19bn this year – opening the door to further benefit cuts.

City Deal secures multi-million pound skills investment

04/11/2014

More than £18m is being invested to improve business skills in Suffolk as part of the Greater Ipswich City Deal.

Northern cities suffer in rise of poorly paid jobs

04/09/2014

Many cities in the north of England are turning into low-pay economies with workers having to settle for insecure jobs, research has revealed.

IDS pledges support for councils

11/08/2014

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has pledged to help local authorities in supporting struggling Universal Credit (UC) claimants.

Benefit cap gets more than 7,000 people into work

08/08/2014

The cap on benefits has led to nearly 10,000 people finding work or stopping their Housing Benefit claim, according to new figures released by the government.

Charities in ‘excellent position’ to support Work Programme

29/07/2014

Government must work closely with charities and service users to ensure success in its Work Programme, a report claims.

Government to be clearer on benefits sanctions

23/07/2014

The Government has pledged to work more closely with councils to simplify the way it talks to benefit claimants.

Jobcentres need radical reform says think tank

21/07/2014

Jobcentres are failing to get people into long-term work and should be radically restructured, according to a new report.

‘Swathes’ of the country missing out on recovery

17/07/2014

Huge areas of the UK are missing out on the economic recovery, with the North East and Northern Ireland having employment levels way below the average, according to new figures.

Localise jobs support or risk unemployment twilight zone – LGA chair

08/07/2014

Millions of people will be abandoned to an unemployment ‘twilight zone’ unless skills and jobs schemes are localised, according to the new chair of the Local Government Association.

Auditors and boroughs criticise employment programme

02/07/2014

London boroughs have renewed their call for greater local control over employment support after the National Audit Office (NAO) today criticised The Work Programme

Public procurement can help reduce youth unemployment, report finds

28/04/2014

Public sector contractors could be creating thousands of jobs for marginalised young people, according to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Benefit rules tightened for jobseekers

07/04/2014

Jobseekers will soon have to ‘do more’ in order to claim benefits, under measures coming into force at the end of this month.

Devolve powers to tackle youth unemployment, says LGA

18/03/2014

A third of young people could be out of work or underemployed by 2018 if councils are not given stronger powers, a report claims.

Labour reveals jobs guarantee for young people

10/03/2014

Labour will guarantee a job for unemployed young people for the whole of the next Parliament, senior party figures have revealed.

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