Category - unemployment

  • 15 Aug 2012

    A term often featured in discussions around the state of the economy is ‘economically inactive’.

    This rather dismissive term is used to refer to people who are neither employed nor actively seeking employment. They may be raising children, studying, caring for a sick relative, or just generally making the world a better place in their own unique way, but if they’re not a cog in the economic machine, they count for very little in the minds of many politicians and economists.

  • 6 Jul 2012
  • 25 Jun 2012

    The government’s controversial 'workfare' programme - by which unemployed people are required to work for their benefits – is to face a legal challenge this week.

  • 20 Jun 2012

    Government figures show a 16 per cent increase in homelessness acceptances between January and March 2012, compared to the same quarter in 2011.

  • 27 May 2012

    “Gross impiety it is that a nation's pride should be maintained in the face of its poor.” William Penn wrote these words in 1669. We have no means of knowing what his voice might have sounded like when he read them aloud, as he undoubtedly would have done, but when I hear them in my mind's ear, they are spoken with firmness and a touch of anger. They are words we do well to heed in our own time.

  • 14 May 2012

    A reminder that Church Urban Fund and Frontier Youth Trust are running a workshop to inspire and equip churches and faith-based groups in England to support young people struggling with unemployment.

  • 2 May 2012

    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the BAE Systems Annual General Meeting. Shareholders were today (2 May) welcomed into the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, to be greeted by plush carpets, free coffee and glamorous posters featuring BAE staff saying how great it is to work for one of the world’s largest arms dealers (they don’t quite put it quite like that).

  • 2 May 2012

    The chairman of arms giant BAE Systems has refused to rule out selling arms to the Saudi government even if the country uses them to put down peaceful protests.

  • 27 Apr 2012

    Teachers in England are witnessing increasing numbers of pupils coming into school "hungry", "dirty" and "struggling to concentrate" since the economic crisis began, according to a Prince’s Trust and Times Educational Supplement survey. Interviews with over 500 secondary school teachers painted a bleak picture.

  • 11 Apr 2012

    Plaid Cymru are launching their local election campaign with a focus on preserving local services and jobs in the face of cuts from central government.