Sunday, December 6, 2020


1 in 3 businesses in the Midlands and Northern England in danger of collapse, risking millions of jobs

Coronavirus pandemic could have a long-term impact on businesses and jobs.

DWP under pressure to turn Universal Credit advances into non-repayable grants

Call comes as half a million people apply for Universal Credit online in just nine days, creating huge delays.

Face-to-face benefit assessments suspended due to Coronavirus outbreak

Face-to-face benefit benefit assessments for all sickness and disability benefits have been suspended for three months.

DWP statement on Coronavirus and benefit sanctions ‘simply not good enough’

DWP must urgently publish advice for Job Centre staff and claimants, says SNP welfare spokesperson.

Universal Credit causing ‘psychological distress’ and fuelling rise in mental health issues

Landmark study calls for urgent reforms to the Government's flagship Universal Credit benefit system.

DWP officials accused of ‘tampering’ with thousands of benefit assessments

"For the whole process to be a sham and for the assessment to be undermined by auditors is infuriating.”

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.

Government announce £165 million new funding for ‘Troubled Families’ scheme

Scheme provides early support for families with 'deep rooted problems' to get their lives back on track.

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.

Job seekers put off by artificial intelligence, research finds

9 in 10 job seekers don’t want to deal with automated CV tools during application stage.

Recruitment process ‘discriminates against older workers’, businesses admit

Discrimination is causing small and medium-sized businesses to struggle when employing the numbers of staff they need.

Appeal Court Rejects Challenge In Poundland Case

The government has lost the latest round of its legal battle to stop thousands of jobseekers clawing back £130m in benefits.

Welfare Cap A ‘Perverse Incentive’ To Fiddle Jobless Numbers, Say Labour

Welfare Cap may create an incentive for the government to park the unemployed on Jobseeker's Allowance, report says.

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