unemployment

  • 30 Apr 2014

    A society that favours the rich and shuns the poor is far away from biblical visions of equality and justice.

  • 28 Apr 2014

    A new scheme that will force unemployed people into unpaid work is in trouble on its first day, with dozens of charities and faith groups refusing to take part.

  • 18 Apr 2014

    Faith groups and charities have been warned that they could end up exploiting people if they take part in the government's new "Community Work Placements".

  • 12 Mar 2014

    A young man I know, (I’ll call him David) who left school just before the global banking crisis, was very keen to get out into the world of work and get a job. His politeness and enthusiasm paid off, and he got a minimum wage job with a discount store, where he worked hard and was always ready to get on his bicycle and go in at short notice, to cover staff absences etc. Then, David became old enough to be paid the adult minimum wage, and was no longer wanted. He had become more expensive, so was sent back to the Jobcentre, his loyalty and hard work disregarded.

  • 23 Feb 2014

    A leading trade unionist has agreed with church leaders that harsh benefit sanctions undermine a vital safety net for vulnerable people.

  • 21 Jan 2014

    The chance of being in work has fallen in the North East, the North West, the West Midlands and South West England since mid-2010

  • 12 Jan 2014

    The unemployment rate for the Black and the Pakistani / Bangladeshi communities is 12%, but 6% for white jobseekers.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    Pension age will keep rising, UK chancellor George Osborne announced in his autumn statement today (5 December 2013). Young people now finishing their education will probably have to wait until they are in their 70s. This will have a devastating effect on some areas and sections of society.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    The rising number of working people living in poverty is causing the government to spend billions more than planned on social security, says the TUC.

  • 7 Nov 2013

    UK ministers and their allies are fond of talking about the need to reduce the welfare bill. They give the impression that the welfare bill goes to feckless scroungers, but almost never mention any statistics about who is actually claiming the money.