unemployment

  • 11 Oct 2012

    The government wants “To set our country back on the path to prosperity that all can share in” and “mend a broken society”, claimed UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the Conservative Party conference on 10 October. Despite national policies inflicting deepening misery on the poorest in society, and promises by his ministers of more of the same, he was seeking to portray his leadership as compassionate and inclusive.

  • 2 Sep 2012

    Disability and poor health are preventing some 500,000 people approaching retirement age from working, according to Trades Union Congress analysis.

  • 16 Aug 2012

    As students anxiously await 'A'-Level exam results this week, concerns continue about economic prospects in austerity-driven Britain.

  • 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).