Edge fund – funding for grassroots groups

The Edge Fund is open for applications The Edge Fund supports work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. It funds work carried out by individuals and grassroots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. Specifically, the Edge Fund funds work that challenges abuses of power [Read more]

London Assembly launch investigation into low pay and the London living wage

The London Assembly’s Economy Committee has launched a new investigation into low pay in London and the London living wage. The Committee is seeking to establish the extent of low pay in the capital and identify those groups most at risk from persistent low pay. It will examine the current uptake of the living wage [Read more]

JRF blog: How do we increase BAME employment?

Helen Barnard, Programme Manager at Joseph Rowntree Foundation reflects on BTEG/CESI’s recent ‘How do we increase ethnic minority employment?’ conference: The discussion pointed to another point that came up again and again: if universal services are meant to address the greater poverty and employment disadvantages among many ethnic minority groups then we need really good monitoring to [Read more]

Conference report: How do we increase ethnic minority employment?

On 4 February 2013 BTEG and CESI held an event called How do we increase ethnic minority employment? It brought together practitioners and policy makers to try and identify strategies that are most effective in placing higher  numbers of ethnic minority jobseekers into sustained and rewarding work. Presentations from the event are available on the BTEG website. [Read more]

ROTA launch petition to save Public Sector Equality Duty

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) has started the petition “The British Government: Keep the Public Sector Equality Duty” and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now – here’s the link: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-british-government-keep-the-public-sector-equality-duty-2 Here’s why it’s important: If you are affected disproportionately by stop and search [Read more]

London worst in UK for wage inequality

A new paper from Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Work Foundation investigates the geography of wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities, their determinants and implications. Wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities (PDF) Key points: Cities in the south of England – such as London, Reading and Milton Keynes – tend to have [Read more]

LVSC letter to co-chairs of the London Enterprise Panel’s Skills and Employment Working Group

LVSC Chief Executive Eithne Rynne recently wrote to Grant Hearn and Jack Morris, the co-chairs of the London Enterprise Panel’s Skills and Employment Working Group (LEP SEWG). The letter urges the LEP SEWG to use its employment skills strategy to address London’s labour market inequalities by: adopting the various metrics established by the Mayor in the [Read more]

London’s wage inequality worst in the UK: 1 in 5 London workers earn less than living wage

A new report from GLA economics, Patterns of Low Pay (PDF), finds that between 16 and 20 per cent of London’s workforce earned less than London’s Living Wage, £8.30. The people who are most likely to be low paid are those with low level qualifications, those of an ethnic minority background, young people, over 50’s, women [Read more]

‘Hollowing out’ of UK labour market will increase poverty and inequality over next decade, says IFS

New research co-authored by the Institute of Fiscal Studies looks at the likely impact of changes in the mix of jobs over the rest of this decade on typical measures of income poverty and income inequality. The research found that projected changes in the mix of job types (defined by industry, occupation, skill level, gender, [Read more]