'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

Jobseekers are People, Not Just Statistics

Teresa Scott | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I believe that now the economy is back on track and the statistics consistently tell a positive story, perhaps it is time to remember that people are people, and to really think about what is holding back those who remain unemployed and what we all can do to help them.

Young People Risk Starting Their Adult Lives With No Experience of the World of Work

Javed Khan | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

It's a shocking fact that just under one million young people are not in work, education or training in the UK today. That's about one in six of all 16 to 24 year olds. Of these, a third have been out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than six months.

Asa Bennett

Is It Moral To Strip Benefits For Weeks Just For Missing An Interview? | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg was taken to task on his LBC radio show by "William from Stafford" over how government welfare changes were forcing the poor to increasingl...

Shocking Jobseeker's Story - Are Blank Agreements a New Way to Increase Sanctions?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The story below was sent to UnemployedNet by a jobseeker who was unhappy with the service she received from her local jobcentre. She was made to sign a blank jobseeker's agreement in a session with others who were also made to do the same thing.

Everyone's Free (To Spend Time Figuring Out Their Career)

Jameela Jamil | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.

Taking the First Step in the Right Direction

Jameela Jamil | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jameela Jamil

In the last month we have heard the news that youth unemployment fell by around 20,000 in the three months up to May. There is clearly a long way to go but people seem to be feeling a bit more optimistic about the job market for the first time in years. It feels great to know that more people are finding work and gaining the experience, not to mention self-confidence, that they need. However, while finding a job can be a great boost, especially if someone has been struggling to gain employment, it doesn't mean that happiness automatically follows.

Spending Review: Comprehensively Putting the Boot In

Caroline Davey | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

So the government's Spending Review for 2015-2016 has been delivered. To the usual fanfare of cheering and jeering in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne kicked off with the assertion that we're "all in this together" - is that still going? - but then comprehensively managed to prove quite the opposite.

Welfare-To-Work Programme Failing, Say MPs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

The government's work programme, intended to help jobseekers back to work, is failing people with disabilities as well as not tackling problems faced ...

Government's Controversial 'Nudge-Unit' To Become Profit-Making

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

The government's controversial "nudge unit", which encourages people to make better lifestyle choices, is to be part-privatised, transforming it into ...

Felicity A Morse

DWP Accused Of Giving 'Fake' Psychometric Tests To Jobseekers | Felicity A Morse | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK

A psychometric test given to jobseekers in parts of England, seemingly to help them find their "signature strengths", has been labelled "patronising" ...

Universal Credit To Be Introduced In Four Jobcentres

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support and other tax credits,...

Sometimes You Need to Be #naughtytobenoticed

Myke Hamilton | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
Myke Hamilton

All of this hype and the dynamic nature of the media industry means that it attracts thousands of creative minds each year. In fact, the UK's creative industries are a real success story; they employ around 1.5million people and according to the official stats, generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy.

Welfare Reforms 'Leave System More Open To Benefit Fraud'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have raised fears that the government's huge welfare shake-up actually leaves the system more open to benefit fraud. A report by the Communitie...

The Ultimate Jobseeker

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

A man attempting to work 52 jobs this year in a fundraising attempt to find his dream career has said his enthusiasm for the charity stunt is as stron...

Work Experience: Why You Should Probably Lie to Your Jobcentre

Sarah Woolley | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Woolley

I never expected to rely on my Jobcentre, but their conditions for my independent efforts penalised my attempts to help myself. So, tough luck if you believe in making your own opportunities. Local jobs in Ipswich were non-existent or beyond my skill set: boiler repair and work with vulnerable people.

Number Of Unemployed Young People 'More Than Doubled'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK

The number of young people out of work for over two years has more than doubled since 2008, according to new research. The stark statistics show a...

Number Of Unemployed Young People 'More Than Doubled'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK

The number of young people out of work for over two years has more than doubled since 2008, according to new research. The stark statistics show a...

New Insight Into the Work Programme - One Year On

Paul Winyard | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics
Paul Winyard

The Work Programme is a mixed bag with both good and bad practice

Colleges 'Failing' Jobseekers

Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Colleges are failing to put jobseekers on courses that will help them find work, inspectors are warning. Instead, these adults are being offered ba...

Long Term Unemployment Of Young People Hits Nine Year High

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK

The number of young people unemployed for more than a year has increased almost nine-fold over the past decade, according to a new study. The TUC s...

Was Unpaid Jubilee Work Experience Good for the Soul?

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

How have we become a nation that presumes doing 'work experience' alongside the river Thames in the pouring rain for an event that happens once in a blue blooded moon will in any way lead to a valuable career?

The Unpaid Jubilee Stewards Scandal Exposes Britain's Continuing Social Inequality

David Lintott | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Politics
David Lintott

It was a busy weekend in London, what with the diamond jubilee going on. Thousands of royalists turned out to celebrate the Queen's big weekend of pomp, pageantry and patriotism despite the downfall.

Quarter Of Teenagers With Poor Qualifications 'Leave School To Become Unemployed'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

One in four teenagers with poor qualifications leave school to become unemployed, according to new research. A quarter of 16-year-olds who left ful...

Up To 20 Jobseekers Battling For Each Vacancy

Posted 17.01.2012 | UK

Up to 20 jobseekers are chasing every vacancy in parts of the country, according to a study published on Tuesday. Research by the think-tank IPPR N...