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Buried beneath the commotion of the tax credit u-turn and Chairman Mao's little red book that accompanied last months' comprehensive
It seems that politicians are wedded to imposing conditions in return for benefits and that sanctions will remain part of that regime. However, employment support providers know that you achieve most with jobseekers when the relationship is positive, providers are trusted and jobseekers want to work.
Hundreds of thousands of people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole, according to a new study
There is a significant prize here for all concerned. For people with mental health problems, a chance to find appropriate work in a supportive workplace; for employers, the opportunity to support the mental health of all staff; and for the wider economy, the potential to deliver a significant change to our society.
It is perhaps natural to confuse real human worth with salaries, celebrity or power - it's not an uncommon mistake - what is really upsetting is to see this error turned into an ongoing policy which crushes disabled people or indeed any group that the powerful deem less worthy.
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...
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.
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...
Today these two very different problems have become completely muddled. The ESA system, with its demeaning assessments and its ineffective Work Programme, is a sprawling public policy disaster.
Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department's dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year