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Will the disability employment gap ever be halved?

18 May 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The TUC has published new analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) ahead of its annual Disabled Workers’ conference which shows the differences in employment, unemployment and earnings between disabled and non-disabled workers. We have set out some key findings below. The government manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap, which would mean 63 per…

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#Budget2016 risks Right to Buy groundhog folly

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Today in the Budget the Chancellor once again asserted that ‘…we are the builders’. However, this hasn’t yet been borne out when it comes to housing. In the 2015 Autumn Statement, and again in the Budget, the Chancellor set out the government’s commitment to deliver 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020-21, including 200,000 Starter Homes…

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#Budget2016 ignores housing crisis

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Sadly although Chancellor Osborne once again asserted that his party were “the builders”, today’s budget largely ignored the housing crisis. The best that can be said is that there was a commitment of £115 million to help the homeless and rough sleepers, who must be the highest priority. However, there was nothing else to address the UK housing…

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Bedroom Tax – hurting just like we said it would

17 Dec 2015, by in Society & Welfare

This was MPs’ last day before the holidays and the department for Work and Pensions celebrated by publishing fourteen – count them – reports, releases and statements. In this take out the trash glut you might be forgiven for missing the excitingly titled Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Final Report. [For those of us with…

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“You don’t look disabled”

03 Dec 2015, by in Society & Welfare

To mark international day of disabled people on 3 December, the TUC has published guidance for trade union representatives and disabled workers under the title “You don’t look disabled”.  The individual case studies it presents show why it is needed. Much of the population assumes that disabled people use wheelchairs to get around, or carry white sticks.…

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Why no fanfare to the end of workfare?

27 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Compulsory unpaid work experience (‘workfare’) has long and rightly been criticised by by the TUC and others. Yet it now looks like the government may be planning to quietly end it. Buried in the Comprehensive Spending Review document, on page 89 to be precise, is this little nugget: “As the numbers claiming benefits come down, spending on…

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Are young people really just scroungers?

26 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

There is a growing rhetoric that young people are lazy, work-shy and have an astonishing sense of entitlement. Such smears have been stated by employers, have saturated the media and are echoed by eminent politicians. For example in 2014 David Cameron said: “I want us to end the idea that aged 18 you can leave school,…

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