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Political heavyweights debate lifelong learning
23 February 2016

Political heavyweights debate lifelong learning

Three political heavyweights, who each made leading contributions to learning and skills policy over the past two decades, are being brought together to debate the future of lifelong learning today [Tuesday, 22 February 2016] at a special...Read more »

9 February 2016

New prison learning pilot to cut re-offending

A new approach to learning in prisons aims to reduce reoffending according to a new project between Learning and Work Institute and De Montfort University.  One in two prisoners have no qualifications at all,...Read more »

8 February 2016

Response to the Prime Minister’s prison reform speech

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding prison reform, Stephen Evans, Deputy CEO at Learning and Work Institute, said: “Almost one in two prisoners re-offend within a year of release: that is no good...Read more »

Learning and Work Institute leading learner focus in skills reform programme
1 February 2016

Learning and Work Institute leading learner focus in skills reform programme

Learning and Work Institute are calling on employers, practitioners, learners and sector bodies to help shape national standards for adult literacy and numeracy. Building on the findings of Making English and Maths Work for All, the...Read more »

Learning and Work responds to UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015
27 January 2016

Learning and Work responds to UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) have published the results of the 2015 Employer Skills Survey which shows a 130% increase in vacancies due to skills shortages in the labour market.

NCVO report calls on government to consult sector earlier over welfare reforms
18 January 2016

NCVO report calls on government to consult sector earlier over welfare reforms

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), an umbrella organisation for the charity sector has published a report assessing how the sector fared as a result of the welfare reforms carried out by the coalition government. ...Read more »

Appeal to strengthen social security
18 January 2016

Appeal to strengthen social security

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee is urging the government to find a solution in its welfare safety net and prevent citizens from suffering severe poverty. According to a new report, The local welfare...Read more »

Work and Pensions Committee report into local welfare safety nets
18 January 2016

Work and Pensions Committee report into local welfare safety nets

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report into local welfare safety nets. The report calls for both local and central government to work together to ensure that current welfare reforms and budgetary pressures are...Read more »

Regional disparities between educational achievement
18 January 2016

Regional disparities between educational achievement

A new report by the Social Market Foundation has found that school grades are significantly linked to the area students live in. The report was released to mark the launch of the SMF’s new ‘Commission on...Read more »

Learning and Work responds to parliamentary report on transgender equality
14 January 2016

Learning and Work responds to parliamentary report on transgender equality

Our response to the publication of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee's report on their inquiry into transgender equality.

New organisation will make learning and work count
11 January 2016

New organisation will make learning and work count

A new independent research, development and campaigning organisation, Learning and Work Institute, launches today, with the aim of promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.  The new organisation, which brings together the ‘National Institute of Adult...Read more »

Cameron plans to deter EU migrant workers away
8 January 2016

Cameron plans to deter EU migrant workers away

David Cameron is set on an agreement with Europe to remove the use of incentives for EU workers to come to Britain, The Telegraph writes.

New measures to increase childcare options across the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Childcare
7 January 2016

New measures to increase childcare options across the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Childcare

The Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that hardworking parents stand to save money in a new measure to increase childcare options across the country. 

Parliamentary review on ESA cutback
18 December 2015

Parliamentary review on ESA cutback

A review scheduled for the 8 December will take place discussing the proposed cut in Employment Support Allowance (ESA) for those in the Work Related Activity, which is most likely to affect disabled people.

NIACE responds to the 16/17 Skills Funding Letter
16 December 2015

NIACE responds to the 16/17 Skills Funding Letter

David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, comments on the Skills Minister's annual funding letter to the Skills Funding Agency.

DWP employment programme funding set for 80% cut
12 December 2015

DWP employment programme funding set for 80% cut

The Department for Work and Pensions has revealed this week that funding for contracted-out employment support is set to be cut by 80% following the Spending Review.  The Department has indicated that new Work and Health Programme will have funding of around £130 million a year - around 20% of the level of funding for the Work Programme and Work Choice, which it will replace

Consequences of ‘Bedroom Tax’ damaging pupil’s ability to learn
9 December 2015

Consequences of ‘Bedroom Tax’ damaging pupil’s ability to learn

A recent study by education experts at Manchester University has found that consequences resulting from the ‘Bedroom Tax’ (also known as the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’) have had adverse impacts on children’s ability to learn; with many suffering from increased hunger, tiredness and stress.

Changes to DSA grants threaten disabled students access to higher education
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.

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

Benefits cap on carers unlawful, High Court hears
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.

1.3 million adults lost from further education
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.

Youth Employment Convention 2015
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.

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.

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