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9 December 2015

Changes to DSA grants threaten disabled students access to higher education

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).

EPSCO Council agree new pathways for the long-term unemployed
9 December 2015

EPSCO Council agree new pathways for the long-term unemployed

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.

9 December 2015

DWP: “Estimating the Early Labour Market Impacts of Universal Credit”

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.

Employment prospects for young people have worsened over the past five years
4 December 2015

Employment prospects for young people have worsened over the past five years

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.

2 December 2015

Chancellor targets bills as Labour fear benefit cuts

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.

2 December 2015

Fit-for-work tests linked to relapses in mental health

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.

2 December 2015

Benefits cap on carers unlawful, High Court hears

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.

25 November 2015

NIACE response to 2015 Spending Review

David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, responds to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015. 

19 November 2015

Youth Employment Convention 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.

18 November 2015

1.3 million adults lost from further education

NIACE responds to further education participation statistics, which shows 1.3 million fewer adults in learning than in 2010.

18 November 2015

Women paid less than men in 90 per cent of sectors

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.

18 November 2015

Tax credit cuts to hit poorest regions in UK

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.

18 November 2015

Children from poorer backgrounds more likely to have mental health problems

“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.

18 November 2015

Youth Employment Convention 2015

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.

6 November 2015

Women are losing out when it comes to workplace training

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. 

4 November 2015

NIACE members green light the Learning and Work Institute

NIACE AGM votes to accept changes that will pave the way for merger with Inclusion. 

4 November 2015

Tackling youth unemployment in Northern Ireland

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’.

4 November 2015

New report on devolution and the reform of public services

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.

4 November 2015

Resource database for Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessments of Public Spending Cuts

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.

4 November 2015

‘Hungry for Change’ – Fabian Commission’s final report on food and poverty

The Fabian Commission has published its final report on food and poverty which sets out how a fairer food system, which works for those on low incomes, can be delivered.

29 October 2015

Innovating learning through digital technologies

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. 

29 October 2015

Part-time HE: The key to unlocking potential

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.

28 October 2015

Tax credit reform: Government must implement changes to lessen impact on the hardest hit

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.

28 October 2015

4Children warns cuts to children’s centres risks damaging essential services for hundreds of thousands of families

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.

28 October 2015

Nesta: Fresh face for “Living Map of Job Innovators”

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.

28 October 2015

DWP: Review of the Merlin Standard by Inclusion

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.

28 October 2015

Gingerbread releases impact analysis of Summer Budget on single parent families

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.

23 October 2015

New pilots to tackle Britain’s life skills shortfalls

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.

22 October 2015

The Princess Royal, the Army and NIACE lead the way in showcasing Apprenticeship quality

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.

22 October 2015

Too many Apprenticeships not meeting employer, economy and apprentice needs

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.

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