Budget 2015

George Osbourne delivers the Government’s 2015 statement. You can check your own situation using the Calculater here   For the first time tax credits and family benefits under Universal Credit will be limited to the first two children only. At the moment 870,000 families with more than two children claim tax credits, according to HMRC.…

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Mid summer Welfare employment -UK

The employment rate in the United Kingdom, for the 3 months ending April 2015, was highest in the South West (77.3%) and lowest in Northern Ireland (68.4%). The employment rate estimates are showing a mix of increases and decreases across the regions and countries of the UK. The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom, for…

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Conservative Government Promises 2015-Jobs

The Conservative Party Manifesto -Promises ahead on Jobs key slogan-Full employment “A job is the best way to provide security for families” Introduction Following the election of the Conservative Party to power within the Uk. the Key phrase used within their Manifesto has been “Full Employment” not underemployment or Unemployment.   In this Post I have…

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Sanctions -DWP select commitee recommendations

   Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review Sanctions The two specific areas that Sanctions normally relate to are JSA  ( Job Seekers Allowance ) and ESA (Employment Support Allowance) Though Universal Credit may also feature as time evolves. I originally posted articles under #rethinksanctions with Esther McVey gave evidence. Many of the points and questions are featured…

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Training courses in U.K

DWP Training Provision DWP for many years has sent Job seekers on training courses to boost their C.V’s  but also to create employability options The more common training courses have included Basic Food Hygiene Course Manual Handling First Aid Many have been encouraged to check out Safeguarding and other related training courses. Often this was purely…

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DWP Minister Esther McVey Employment Minsiter: grilling by the Select Committee over Sanctions pt1

Current DWP Minister Esther McVey receiving a grilling from the Select Committee of MPs chaired by Dame Anne Begg. A comical performance; McVey’s rambling did not answer one question put to her, she didn’t know figures asked of her, and denied evidence of DWP staff being harassed into sanctions targets Impact questions were repeatedly asked…

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