'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.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

New NAO Report on Work Programme Shows Poor Performance

Stef Benstead | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Compared to previous programmes, the Work Programme is not helping more people into work or keeping them in work longer. As we move into more favourable economic conditions the WP should improve, but comparisons to previous programmes (that operated under unfavourable conditions) would then become invalid...

Jobseeker's Allowance Needs to Come Into This Century

Leigh Jones | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

It's in the interest of the taxpayer to make it difficult for those who need to to jump through the benefits hoops. However, this goes further than that. This is a system in need of immediate, wholesale reform. IDS has worked to make the whole jobseeking process online, which is great, but putting an old-fashioned bureaucracy onto the internet isn't the same as modernising it.

The Reality of Being Young and Unemployed at Christmas

Kate Ansell | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Ansell

This time of year is meant to be fun, but the twinkling lights, shiny shop fronts, looped yuletide tunes and nights out can make a hole in your pocket seem enormous. It's a reminder for many that they are out of work and can't afford to have the Christmas on display on the high street...

Orthodox Jews Denied Benefits For Refusing To Work Saturdays

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

Unemployed Orthodox Jews have been denied benefits because they cannot work on Saturdays, according to strict religious guidelines. The Jewish Chro...

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.

Government to Force Unemployed to Take Jobs With Few Employment Rights?

Joe O'Donnell | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK
Joe O'Donnell

This is a depressing time for anyone who believes that the State should help ensure equality of bargaining power between employers and employees.

Department of Work and Pensions Blunders, Exposes Dirty Washing in Public

Jane Fae | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

In this instance, a DWP official appears to have mistakenly believed that sticking blocks of colour over sensitive sections of the document would serve to keep them confidential. Unfortunately, as is well known in the IT world, this is not an effective way of redacting material.

Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level In A Year After Olympics Boost

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK

Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level for a year after a big jump in the number of people in work, new figures showed today. The jobless tota...

51,000 Fewer Unemployed In 'Mixed Bag' Of Statistics

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK

The Government was hit with a mixed bag of unemployment data today as the headline jobless rate fell but the number of dole claimants rose. Unemplo...

Scrapping Voluntary Work Experience Would Have Removed a Valuable Lifeline for Young People

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

Helping young people to gain the skills, experience and qualifications needed for employment has always been a priority for Barnardo's.

Dear Unemployed: Please Start Building Pyramids

Greg Jenner | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Greg Jenner

There's been a lot of outrage recently in the press. Being a pedant, this always makes me chuckle, mostly because the medieval word 'outrage' originally meant a gratuitous excess of criminal violence.

Every Little Helps: Tesco Protest Over 'Misunderstood' Job Advert

PA | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK

Right to work campaigners will hold a protest at a Tesco store today as a row rumbles on over a "misunderstood" job advertisement. The supermarket ...

Tesco: JSA Job Advert Was 'IT Mistake'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK

Tesco has hit back at criticism of its employment policy after a job advert appeared listing wages for a night shift role in East Anglia as "JSA plus ...

Tesco Job Advert Offering 'JSA Plus Benefits' Sparks Outrage

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK

Twitter users have reacted in outrage to a Tesco job advert which offers "Job Seekers Allowance plus expenses" in wages. The successful applicant ...

Seesaw Cities

Alexandra Jones | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Forecasts about the state of the UK economy make for gloomy reading; it's clear that 2012 will be a difficult year. But does this vary at a local level?

Unemployment Rises By 38,000

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK

The number of people unemployed has unexpectedly risen by 38,000 to 2.49m, official figures out this morning show. The Office for National Statisti...