Archive for December, 2010

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Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas to you and all the best for this festive season


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The Heads of the Valleys Regeneration Area welfare-to-work programme, JobMatch, has been awarded funding of £1million to ensure it can continue to help thousands of people in the Valleys back to work over the next year.

Well Done guys!!

The funding, was announced by Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration  Jocelyn Davies AM while she visited JobMatch’s office in Aberdare.


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Organisations winning contracts under the New Work Programme will have to use smaller voluntary sector providers.

They will also face losing their contracts if they do not treat them reasonably, the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed.

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“Biggest back to work programme- built on payment by

Today, the DWP distributed invitations to tender
for Work Programme contracts to the Prime Contractors confirmed on
the Work Framework. The Employment Minister Chris Grayling MP said:
“When it starts next year, the Work Programme will transform the
welfare landscape in Britain. We will provide much better back to
work support for hundreds of thousands of people and their
families. But in return we will expect them to use that support –
and if they refuse they will lose their benefits.
“We have around five million people on out of work
benefits in this country – and many of them could and should be
working. And yet every time employment levels rise, those people
seem to stay stranded on benefits. The Work Programme will change
all of that.” Additionally, a £14, 000 cap has been placed on fees
to help the hardest to reach client groups, including the 1.6
million people currently claiming incapacity benefit. Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare
Reform said:
“We are making great progress with our
plans for a new Work Programme, which means that from the first
half of next year jobseekers will receive the right level of
support at the right time, giving them the skills and experience
they need to get into work. “Most importantly our new Work
Programme will help people who are most in need of our support,
such as those who have been out of work for a long time and young
people who are struggling to make the transition between education
and work – ensuring the best outcomes for customers, and the best
value for money for the taxpayer.” Website: DWP,

Kuki Taylor

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Long-term unemployment doubles since Christmas 07

The number of long-term unemployed has more than doubled in the last three years according to analysis by the TUC.

In November 2010, 243,330 people had been out of work for more than a year. For many this will be their second or even third Christmas out of work. The TUC’s analysis of local authority areas reveals that Northern Ireland has seen some of the sharpest increases of long-term unemployment, as have parts of Greater London. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:


“Across the country thousands and thousands of people have been struggling to find work – some of them for several years now – and for their families there won’t be much to celebrate this Christmas.


“While many families with working adults may be tightening their belts a little this Christmas, the thousands of long-term unemployed households will be anxiously juggling their family budgets, knowing only too well that their JSA of £65.45 isn’t going to buy much Christmas cheer this year.”

.A spokesman from DWP countered that the coalition Government is focusing “on restoring the economy and supporting private sector jobs growth.”

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George Grayson


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Work and Pensions Committee Concern for Future Jobs Fund

Today the Work and Pensions Committee published a report into the abolition of the Future Jobs Fund.  The £1billion fund was set-up by the previous Labour government to help create and support 150, 000 jobs for young people.


The Committee has made 23 recommendations for a stable and sustainable transition from the Future Jobs Fund to the Work Programme next year.  These include greater steps to protect those young people most at risk from long-term unemployment for whom apprenticeships are not the answer:

We are concerned that apprenticeships may not be the most suitable route into employment for those young people at the highest risk of long-term unemployment. These young people may have left school with no qualifications, have no experience of work, or have difficult family circumstances, and in some cases they may not be ready to start an apprenticeship. We are keen to ensure that alternative provision (for example, personal support, training and work opportunities) should be available to help those who are not ready for an apprenticeship.”

The Fund formed part of the Young Person’s Guarantee that ensured anyone between the ages of 18-24 who had been looking for employment for over a year would be offered a job, work experience, or training for a minimum of six months.  15, 000 of these jobs were expected to be social enterprises.  Employment levels in the UK have fallen by 0.1% over the last quarter, according to the most recent report published by Office of National Statistics in December.  The decrease equates to 33, 000 more people over the age of 16 who have not be able to find employment between August 2010 to October 2010.

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Published on 21st December, 2010

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