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Archive for September 12th, 2011

Charities fearful about their future

The Guardian has reported today that when the employment minister Chris Grayling launched the government’s radical Work Programme in April, he promised that the “Big Society” would be at the heart of the nationwide scheme to get the long-term unemployed back into work

Yet four months on, many charities, including those with a long history in helping people back into employment, tell a very different story.

Outsourcing back-to-work policies isn’t new: Labour had begun to use a growing number of private and voluntary sector providers through the Flexible New Deal and the Pathways to Work programme, which tried to get long-term sickness benefit claimants back into the workforce.

Duncan Shrubsole Head of Policy (Crisis) concludes the Guardian article with ;

“What we fear will happen is, in two years’ time, people will wake up and say: ‘We have got this a bit wrong, we need to go and speak again to the voluntary organisations,’ and they’ll find that they’ve had to shut down their services and the expertise has been lost.”

Read the Guardian article here

Comment from yesMinister

These are indeed challenging and uncertain times. The article in the Guardian correctly sums up the mood and the fears.

However, there is an alternative view point which says that much more needs to be done to drive up performance and bring an outcomes focused approach to the Third Sector…. (note I said Third Sector not Charities).

Quite naturally the drive towards profit maximisation through increased performance on outcomes focused contracts needs to be balanced and have regard to supporting the Charitable sector to do what it has always wanted to do…. provide charitable services for the ‘Public Benefit’: we/the government must not lose sight of this irrespective of what ill winds blow across these shores

Eyullahemaye Henry

Operations & Information consultant

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The Health benefits of working

Around four in ten UK workers are offered access to occupational health services as part of their job, according to new research.

A study published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assessed attitudes towards work and health among employers, their staff and the population as a whole.

It found that 80 per cent of Brits both in and out of the workplace believe that holding down a job is good for their physical and mental health.

 

Read more here

 

Yes Ministers Comment

Yippee.. we now have a consensus on the fact that work is good for ones health

or do we????

 

Eyullahemaye Henry

Operations and Information consultant

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To work or not to work:

this is the question.

“Childcare costs are back in the news, with two reports showing that parents can find it too expensive to work. Save the Children have identified that those on the lowest earned incomes are worst hit because they either have to cut back on other essentials to pay for childcare or go in to debt. In their Family Finances report Aviva insurance have found that Childcare costs are stopping mothers working. The number of women opting to look after their children instead of doing paid employment increased by 32,000 in last year.

 

At the same time 4Children have identified that one in ten breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs look set to close during the next school year and many others face uncertainty due to rising costs and pressure on parental incomes.

 

Without local childcare that they can trust and can afford many parents find it impossible to work. Local and national government needs to support parents by ensuring that there is good quality childcare in every community at prices people can afford. One way would be to make sure that Universal credit is developed with a sensible approach to dealing with the real cost of childcare.

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Liz Sewell

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Comment from yesMinister

The Coalition government to reconsider the proposed cuts to childcare allowances for low income families.

In October’s Spending Review to that:

 “we will return the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit to its previous 70% level.”

From April 6th nearly half a million families earning less than £30,000 per year will lose c£1560 per year in tax credits. Currently, families can claim 80% of the cost of childcare up to £300 for couples with two or more children and £175 for single parent families. The cut to 70%, means that many families will lose £30 per week.

See spending Review 

See working Tax credits detail

 

 

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