unemployment

  • 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).

  • 1 Mar 2013

    On the day of the Eastleigh by-election, figures were released which showed a marked recent decline in net migration, which obviously delighted the Government. Home Secretary Theresa May boasted about how much she had toughened up the rules, but perhaps in an attempt to forestall one potential criticism, stressed the fact that visas for university students had increased by three percent overall.

  • 18 Feb 2013

    The UK has experienced the second slowest export growth of all G7 countries since 2010, with only Japan faring worse, the TUC says.

  • 2 Jan 2013

    It is unfair that jobless benefits have risen far faster than salaries, claimed UK welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith. But his efforts to justify a further onslaught on the living standards of unemployed people are unconvincing.

  • 22 Dec 2012

    Over 400,000 people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole according to new research published by the Trades Union Congress.

  • 21 Dec 2012

    British state plans to force unemployed people to look for work online and monitor them while they do so have been widely condemned. Privacy will be invaded, crime boosted and poor and disabled people victimised.

  • 28 Nov 2012

    The extent of in-work poverty in Britain has been graphically exposed in a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report published this week.

  • 17 Oct 2012

    Young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, according to a TUC report on youth unemployment.