Category - unemployment

  • 5 Aug 2013

    The following advertisement recently appeared in my local newspaper. ‘Female carer required to support client with all aspects of personal care in own home. Five calls a day between 7am and 10pm over 7days. Driver preferred. £6.75 an hour, 16-20 hours a week.’

  • 17 Jul 2013

    An ITUC survey shows a majority of the UK electorate feel ministers prioritise business interests over workers' rights and have failed to tackle unemployment and tax avoidance.

  • 14 May 2013

    People aged 18-24 are less likely to be in work than in 2008 and 395,000 jobs are needed to return youth unemployment rates to 2008 levels, says the TUC

  • 12 Apr 2013

    One in three people could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter have revealed.

  • 11 Apr 2013

    The Northern TUC 10 Point Plan for A Northern Future that Works manifesto highlights the stark reality of employment in the north east and Cumbria

  • 8 Apr 2013

    I was two years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and thirteen when she resigned.

    Thatcher’s policies led to mass unemployment, leaving my father on the dole for much of my childhood. I started secondary school the year that Section 28 was brought in, banning schools from presenting same-sex relationships as legitimate.

  • 5 Apr 2013

    This week, I completed a survey on the BBC website to discover which class I belong to. In reality, I don't have much doubt about which class I belong to, so I was really discovering more about the people who designed the survey than I was about myself.

  • 24 Mar 2013

    By requiring people to work without pay, the government's workfare schemes are pushing more and more people into poverty and unemployment, says Ekklesia associate Symon Hill. Christian organisations need to campaign against workfare, not participate in it, he argues.

  • 18 Mar 2013

    Several Christian charities are facing protests for participating in "workfare" schemes under which unemployed people must work for free or lose their benefits.

  • 13 Mar 2013

    I have often been critical of the Church of England’s leadership for being slow to speak out on issues of economic justice. I’m therefore delighted that 43 CofE bishops have criticised the coalition for cutting benefits (or technically, for raising them by one percent, which is below the rate of inflation and therefore a cut in all but name).