Securing local welfare provision

With thanks to our volunteer Yasmin Adib for her support in producing this blog Local welfare is the final safety net which prevents people from low incomes from falling into destitution, providing support with essentials such as food, heating, and clothing. In England responsibility for certain forms of welfare have been devolved from central government [Read more]

W&P Committee: Work Programme failing the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed

Work and Pensions Committee Report: Can the Work Programme work for all user groups? (PDF) The Work Programme has the potential to work well for relatively mainstream jobseekers but is unlikely to reach the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed people, argues the Work and Pensions Committee in a new report on the experience of different work [Read more]

Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into JCP

The Work and Pensions Committee is to begin an inquiry into Jobcentre Plus (JCP). The inquiry will focus on the services JCP offers to benefit claimants, jobseekers and employers and its relationships with external providers and stakeholders such as local authorities, in the context of recent and ongoing welfare reforms,  including the introduction of  Universal [Read more]