unemployment

  • 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.

  • 23 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.