Work and Health Programme Supply Chain Opportunities

Ingeus UK Ingeus UK is a leading provider of people-centred services, including employability programmes, skills and training, youth services and health-related support that assists individuals to reach and realise their full potential. They are interested in working with partners who share our values and commitment to delivering high performing services and significant social impact. Ingeus [Read more]

The Trussell Trust: Foodbank use tops one million for the first time

Blog post written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC Despite aggregate economic growth of 3% in the last year (ONS 2015) there is evidence to suggest that those on low incomes are struggling more than ever. The latest figures published by the Trussell Trust (TT) indicate that more than 1,000,000 people in the last year [Read more]

Thousands of London children impacted by benefit sanctions

Thousands of London children are being affected by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) benefit sanctions, according to new information released by the Department for Work and Pensions. Figures for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants show that at least 2,600 households with dependent children were affected by sanctions in just a seven month period in late [Read more]

TUC analysis: majority of benefit cuts fall on working families, pensioners

TUC, Benefit Cuts by Household Type (PDF) (Aug 2014) From the Trade Unions Congress: The government continue to claim that the main target of their welfare cuts is those who are unemployed, But this analysis sets out just how misleading their rhetoric is. The majority of cuts fall on people in work, and far from [Read more]

Event: Offenders and Welfare Reform (21 Oct 2014)

From the Academy for Justice Commissioning: Offenders and Welfare Reform London Evening Seminar Tuesday, 21 October, 2014 Featuring: Kirsty Scholefield, Ex-Offender Employment Policy Lead, Social Justice Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions In this free to attend seminar Kirsty will focus on why the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are reforming welfare and the case for social [Read more]

London Councils calls on govt to continue local welfare provision, DWP publishes DHP spend by local authority

London Councils, Local Welfare Provision – one year on (June 2014) (PDF) London Councils have published a report looking at the arrangements London’s local authorities have made for local welfare provision, to replace Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans (axed in early 2013). The report gives an overview of the local welfare schemes in London: Funding – the Department for Work and [Read more]

CPAG report: widespread fear of welfare reform uprooting London families and communities

CPAG, Families on the brink: welfare reform in London (PDF) A new report from CPAG looks at the impact of welfare reform in London, from the perspective of local authorities, advice services and parents. It finds that families are struggling and are unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area; and there is a [Read more]

Local Authority UC pilots: debt, internet access, and ineffective local partnerships are biggest challenges

Local Authority Led Pilots: A summary of early learning from the pilots, July 2013 (PDF) From CESI: The Department for Work and Pensions has published a summary of early learning from the Local Authority Led Pilots on the design and roll-out of Universal Credit. The learning from these pilots is said to inform the ongoing design [Read more]

Community Links: interim report on impact of welfare reform in Newham

I Don’t Understand It At All Report (PDF) From Community Links: We have just published the first interim report – I don’t understand it at all – based on focus groups with 30 residents receiving benefits from late 2012, before many of the reforms were introduced. Key findings include: People knew very little about upcoming reforms: [Read more]