The University Minister Jo Johnson has announced plans to shake up the provision of support for disabled students. The Minister has set forth plans for universities to hold increasing responsibility for meeting disabled students’ support needs, shifting responsibility away from government funded support such as DSA grants (Disabled Students’ Allowance).
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council has agreed to a new agreement with regards to the European Commission’s policy recommendations on long-term unemployment.
The Department for Work and Pensions has published a follow-up report into the effects of Universal Credit titled “Estimating the early labour market impacts of Universal Credit”. The report evaluates the short-term impacts of the introduction of Universal Credit on labour market outcomes, and investigates whether it has been successful in encouraging a greater amount of users to enter or progress in work.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has reported that the employment prospects for young people in the UK have declined over the last five years and that young people face the worst economic prospects for several generations.
Chancellor, George Osborne plans to reduce household bills such as water, banking, broadband, legal services, medicines, dental treatment, school uniforms, energy and car insurance, The Guardian reports.
A consultant from the Royal College of Psychiatrists said that “fit for work” tests, which assess an individual’s eligibility for disability benefit, have caused relapses in patients with serious mental health conditions.
Following last week’s spending review, a High Court decision has ruled that the benefits cap is discriminatory and unlawful against those who provide full-time care to relatives such as a parent, grandparent or disabled child aged 18 or over, and entitled to Carers Allowance.
David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, responds to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.
Inclusion and NIACE will be hosting the annual Youth Employment Convention on 24 November, putting full youth employment and its necessity for UK growth centre stage.
NIACE responds to further education participation statistics, which shows 1.3 million fewer adults in learning than in 2010.
A new report realised today by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) shows that women in full time work are paid less than men in 90 per cent of sectors, with those working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected.
Research from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) unveils that George Osborne’s tax credit cuts will affect Britain’s most vulnerable families in its poorest regions.
“Children of the New Century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort Study” a study from the UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Mental Health has found that children whose parents are from less well off backgrounds are more likely to have mental health problems.
Youth Employment Convention 2015
24th November 2015
The Mermaid, London
'Youth Matters: Forging Links for Collaboration' In a month when the Equalities and Human Rights Commission reported upon the “worst ever decline in living standards for young people under 34” the Youth Employment Convention puts full youth employment and its necessity for UK growth centre stage.
In a survey to mark Equal Pay Day today, NIACE and the UKCES have launched research revealing some shocking findings about the differences between the training supplied to men and women within the workplace.
NIACE AGM votes to accept changes that will pave the way for merger with Inclusion.
With youth unemployment in Northern Ireland rising to 22% in 2015, NIACE is working with the NOW Group to tackle the issue and to improve understanding of ‘what employers want’.
The Institute for Government have released a new report today that criticizes the success of public services in meeting the needs of citizens. It reveals how the plight of access to local services, such as health, social care, education and employment services remains frustrating following the prime minister’s recent pledge to prioritise public service reform, and give local areas more power.
The Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick have pulled together a database which contains useful resources for organisations, groups and individuals with interest in human rights and/or equality impact of public spending cuts in the UK.
NIACE will be exploring how to make digital learning more accessible to benefit both individuals and the economy, by chairing a panel discussion at the EPALE UK Digital Skills Conference on 30 November.
A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute today, sponsored by the Open University and capturing the voices of HE experts, outlines the catastrophic decline in part-time HE and sets out ways to address it.
After the Government’s tax credit reforms suffered defeat in the House of Lords this week, the Chancellor is expected to soon outline his plans to meet the requirement to “mitigate for at least the next three years their [tax credit reforms] effect on the poorest families” when he makes his autumn statement in late November.
The leading children’s charity 4Children has warned that government funding cuts to children’s centres are putting essential services to hundreds of thousands of families at risk. 4Children’s annual ‘Children’s Centre Census’, whose findings were based on the responses of 400 centre managers accounting for over 1,000 Children’s Centres, found that over two thirds (68 percent) have had their funding cut in the past financial year.
Nesta have relaunched an updated version of their “Living Map of Job Innovators”, a guide to innovative job search and employment programmes within the UK and beyond.
The Department for Work and Pensions commissioned Inclusion to review the Merlin Standard as part of their effort to improve the standard’s effectiveness, three years after it was first introduced. The Merlin Standard aims to encourage excellent supply chain management and ensure the equitable treatment of partners and subcontractors.
According to the latest Gingerbread report, single parents will be most affected by the Summer Budget. This new research looks at the combined impact of the reforms to welfare, tax and pay proposed earlier this year, which will hit 1.3 million of the UK’s working single parent families.
Thirteen Citizens’ Curriculum pilots testing new ways of improving people's key life skills have launched today, which could prove crucial in supporting Britain's 5 million adults who lack functional literacy and numeracy, and 11 million without basic digital skills.
The Army’s Professional Cookery Apprenticeship programme, considered a model of good practice and endorsed as outstanding by Ofsted, is being showcased by NIACE at an event today attended by its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Ofsted’s survey report into Apprenticeships confirms NIACE’s well-established argument that there are still too many which do not meet the needs of employers, the economy and apprentices themselves.