Archive for January 31st, 2011

In Scotland

In April, 55,000 households will be given nine months to either lose housing benefit or move out of their home. It will affect households who already pay the average price of rent in their area and will now need to find available accommodation in the bottom third bracket of rental prices.

7,500 young people, 25 – 34 year olds, are set to lose nearly £55 a week from April when they will no longer receive support for their own homes and will be forced into shared accommodation.

In the coming weeks, the UK government is also set to publish a Welfare Reform Bill which is expected to propose further extensive cuts and changes to welfare and benefits.

The Scottish Government said today that an expert group will be established in response to the impending and proposed changes.

The group of Scottish Government, local government, charity and third sector organisations will share knowledge of local impacts to take the strongest possible case for stopping some measures to the UK government.

The Scottish Government will also press for the devolution of powers on welfare and benefits.

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Chris Grayling pledges to get Britain working and announces a massive expansion of business opportunities for the unemployed

Today, Employment Minister Chris Grayling and David Frost, the Head of the British Chambers of Commerce, opened the first of a new wave of Enterprise Clubs that will support unemployed people who wish to start a new business.  The Minister also announced that specialist training and financial support will be made available via the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

Speaking at the Enterprise Clubs launch in St. Helen, Merseyside, the Minister said:

“The Enterprise Clubs and the New Enterprise Allowance are part of our drive to create a much more business friendly environment in Britain and to support the development of tens of thousands of new businesses to help rebuild our economy and create new jobs.

We want to make sure that unemployed people with a good idea get the support they need to move into self-employment, and also that there is easily accessible advice and guidance for all kinds of new small businesses across the country. We want to see experienced businesses roll their sleeves up and give a helping hand to newer entrepreneurs.”

The Clubs are designed to utilise the expertise of established local businesses to aid novice entrepreneurs in their area, thus adding further credence to the coalition-government’s Big Society agenda.  NEA, which will be introduced nationally from Autumn, will be available to those who have been unemployed for six months, and the DWP expects up to 40, 000 new businesses to be set-up within two years.

Concurring with Mr. Grayling, the Head of the British Chambers of Commerce said:

“As we grow the economy one option must be to encourage unemployed people to become self-employed or start their own business. These new Enterprise Clubs and the New Enterprise Allowance will offer real, practical help and financial assistance to the unemployed.”


Kuki Taylor

Research and Communications

Published on 31st January 2011

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