Sunday, December 6, 2020

Employment

Universal Credit system buckles as 500,000 plead for help in just nine days

Almost 500,000 people apply online for Universal Credit in just nine days.

Coronavirus: UK faces ‘unavoidable job losses’

Government urged to shore up the financial security of millions of workers as unemployment is set to rise.

Former DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith says Universal Basic Income is “unaffordable” and won’t fix poverty crisis

Universal Basic Income "won't make any difference to poverty in this country," says Iain Duncan Smith.

DWP loses more disability discrimination cases than any other employer

DWP spent nearly £1 million on tribunal payments and out of court settlements between 2016-19.

More than 6 MILLION employees still don’t have a workplace pension

New official figures show need to extend auto-enrolment to all employees, says TUC.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urged to extend statutory sick pay policy

Policy must be extended to include every working person and amounts set at living wage rates, says SNP.

Number of workers on ‘zero-hour contracts’ hits new record high

Close to one million people now count a "zero-hour contract" as their main job, new figures reveal.

Boris Johnson accused of lying about the employment impact of Universal Credit

PM wrongly claimed that Universal Credit has already helped 200,000 people back into work.

Charity exposes ‘glaring employment gap’ for people with epilepsy

Employment rate for people with epilepsy is far lower than for those with most other disabilities.

Jobcentre staff to target homeless people in new £3m government scheme

Charities say government should focus on the root causes of homelessness and invest in the benefits system.

Unsecured debt hits new peak of £14,540 per household, says TUC

TUC calls on government to raise living standards and help families with dangerous levels of debt.

Tories accused of backtracking on minimum wage pledge

For the second time in only a week, the Tories appear to have abandoned a key manifesto pledge.

Workers’ rights under threat as Boris Johnson backtracks on pre-election pledge

Leaked memo suggests that current workers' right are under threat post-Brexit.

Number of recruitment companies in the UK has skyrocketed 500% since 1999

There are currently more than 39,000 recruitment agencies trading in the UK, according to new analysis.

Just 53% of businesses actively seek and welcome disabled job hunters

75% of businesses admit that disabled applicants face barriers when job hunting.

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