UK Unemployment

'Commute For The Dole'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Unemployed people should be made to commute for up to 90 minutes - just to sign on, according to David Cameron's favourite think tank. The Policy E...

Brits Soften Stance On Benefits For Jobless

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

In a sign of the precarious economic times in the UK, Britons have softened in their attitudes towards state benefits for the unemployed in recent yea...

Taxpayers' Alliance Shows No Understanding of Unemployment - Or Economics

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Alliance, despite its name, doesn't represent the views of taxpayers. It is a right-wing ideas factory which, seeing the lacklustre effect on unemployment figures of toughening benefit conditions and reducing benefits, can only think that more of the same is required.

'I Just Felt So Embarrassed And Uncomfortable'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

What would you do if you arrived at a job interview and were told you had to perform in a dance off? A university graduate has claimed he was face...

The Pressure to Succeed

Karren Brady | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karren Brady

Although we all tell ourselves we need to address our work-life balance, have we ever thought about the effect we are having on the next generation? Careers and success will always be an important part of everyone's life, but that doesn't mean success should have to come at so high a price.

UK's Worst Areas For Joblessness Revealed

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Almost a third of households in Glasgow are out of work, according to latest figures. For the ninth consecutive year since records began, the Scot...

Labour's Jobs Guarantee

Stephen Timms | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

Our solution is different to the one proposed by the Taxpayers' Alliance. Labour is committed to introducing a Jobs Guarantee, funded by a bankers' bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes.

Is Careers Advice Failing Our Future Generations?

Nicole Davis | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nicole Davis

Information is everything these days. And with social media our access to it has become ever easier - a wealth of overwhelming possibilities at the click of a button. And yet a new survey released by NUS, taken from a sample of over 800 students, reveals that careers advice, especially in relation to apprenticeships is failing young people.

Changing the Conversation on Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

The current disability conversation is destructive and hostile, and for any future (Labour) government to get an handle on this hysteria over benefits, WCA and ATOS by disabled people and the charities exploiting the situation, they must change the conversation.

'Force Claimants To Work For Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Claimants who refuse to do 30 hours' activity a week should be stripped from receiving benefits in a bid to force them to find work, a campaign group ...

I'm No Socialist But...

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record to sign Tottenham forward Gareth Bale. It's a headline we were all expecting, but that doesn't make the reality of the situation any less obscene.

A Hundred Hours a Week, That's a Bit Greedy Pal

Danielle Lowe | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Jamie Oliver has caused controversy recently. Saying young people should get up and go try working 100 hours a week. The reality is many people would love to just have a job. Let's remember how many people are currently unemployed in our country, it's in the millions.

Jamie's Right - Youngsters Need to Toughen Up

Charlie Mullins | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Mullins

What Jamie is actually saying is that people with the gumption to come from far away to make a better life for themselves are tougher than those Brits who have been showered with state handouts for most of their lives. For me, it's a no brainer - a hungry man will always be tougher than one living off the fat of the land.

The 'Shirley Valentine' Experience: Make Summer Your Catalyst for Change

Maite Baron | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

A few people really do have Shirley Valentine moments like this, but many more who should, never think of their holiday as potentially a powerful catalyst for change. So they go back home to live the life they've always lived, no matter how unrewarding or disappointing it is. But why do that?

Drag Queen Benefit Fraudster a Gift to Papers, but Not to Claimants

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This case may have had enough titillating elements to justify their interest, but papers are happy to splash any story they can find of an individual falsely claiming benefits in a concerted campaign against the welfare state.

Government Should Be Ashamed By Neet Figures, Say Unions

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The number of young people not in work, education or training stands at more than one million - virtually unchanged since last year. The skills min...

Government Welfare Failings Cost £1.5billion, but Does Labour Have the Answer

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Labour has accused the government of ruling over a chaotic welfare reform system as multiple failures come home to roost. The party's work and pensions spokesman, Liam Byrne, estimated the cost of youth contract, universal credit, the bedroom tax, the work programme and work capability tests could end up costing the country nearly £1.5billion.

There Is More to UK Immigration Than Just Romanians and Bulgarians

Oana Romocea | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK
Oana Romocea

In considering the ONS statistics, it is critical to stress that these foreign-born employees are legally working and paying tax, hence contributing to the British economy. Yet, headlines in the media too often highlight the inflammatory, not the factual.

What is a Personal Assistant?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I would define a personal assistant as someone independent directly employed by a person who is capable of directing them and requires care and/or support tasks to be performed...The person has to be employed rather than self-employed, which has been a bone of contention between myself and the government who believes it does not matter how people are employed.

Didn't Get The Results You Wanted Yesterday...?

Laura Whitmore | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Whitmore

Around 600,000 young people in the UK are on school holidays right now. That means unlimited sunbathing, chilling with mates and dreaming about exciting futures, right? Wrong. In fact, thousands of young people feel hopeless about life after school.

Are We Reaching Escape Velocity?

Nick Beecroft | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

Evidence seems to be mounting that global economic activity seems finally to be accelerating, maybe even creating a more classically rapid recovery, as opposed to the rather anaemic variety we have so far enjoyed.

Long-Term And Youth Joblessness Soars

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Youth unemployment and the amount of people without work for over two years have shot up, official figures released have shown. Unemployment among ...

Is the Bedroom Tax the New Poll Tax?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Enter the search term "spare bedroom subsidy" and it returns 211,000 results. Reasonably impressive, you might think. But search for "bedroom tax" and you will find 1,120,000 results, more than five times as many. As with the poll tax, the public has decided which version they believe sums up the idea.

Taxi For Emma

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An unemployed graduate frustrated by a lack of interviews has gone to new lengths to find a job by advertising her CV in a London black cab. Emma C...

Why Your Baby Boomer Parents Are the Reason You Can't Get a Job

Freya Bromley | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

In a lot of ways I think the Baby Boomers grumbling about "how easy you all have it" stems from a deep rooted guilt about their role in the demise of their own children's economy.