Archive for October 11th, 2011

– CIPD calls for a halt to public sector job cuts

CIPD questions whether private sector can compensate for public sector job cuts

The current rate of public sector job losses is far greater than official projections, say researchers at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  The number of jobs lost since April is five times greater than the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) projected for the entire year and is likely to be 610,000. Which was the original projection of the OBR before they reduced this to 410,000.

As a result, the CIPD has called on the government to “call a halt to public sector job cuts while the economy and labour market remain in the current fragile condition”.

The body has also questioned whether the private sector was capable of compensating for public sector losses, as the government is hoping.

“Especially worrying is that public sector job losses in the second quarter of 2011 far exceeded net private sector job creation, which suggests that the slowdown in economic growth since the autumn of 2010 is gradually sapping the strength of those parts of the economy that were creating jobs in the initial part of the recovery,” the CIPD said. Therefore it would be “sensible to delay all further job cuts to the end of this parliament and, if necessary, into the next”.

However, a Treasury source told the BBC that it was sceptical of the CIPD’s projections as it had previously overestimated the UK unemployment peak.


To read an account of the job cuts from a senior manager in the public sector click here

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Childcare support to be paid to 80,000 more households under Universal Credit

Reaffirming their commitment to helping parents with the costs of childcare, Nick Clegg and Iain Duncan Smith have announced that the Government will invest an additional £300 million into childcare support, on top of the £2bn already spent under the current system.

Currently, childcare support is only available if you work 16 hours or more, but the Government is removing the minimum hours rule so that all families receiving Universal Credit will be eligible for financial help. This means that families on low incomes will receive more support to keep them in work.

As now families will be able to recover childcare costs at 70 per cent – up to £175 for one child or £300 for two or more children per week. The money will be paid through Universal Credit from 2013 and will mean that around 80,000 more families with children will be able to work the hours they choose.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

“Under Universal Credit more people will receive support for childcare than they do now. Parents will be able to work the hours to suit their families and receive the childcare support they deserve. We will target support at those making the first steps into work – support won’t just be available for those working more than 16 hours, it will also be there for those working fewer than 16 hours.”

Costs can vary, but for those paying average childcare costs, this would enable parents to buy up to around 40 hours of childcare a week.

Website: DWP


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Fuel poverty will hit millions if ‘affordability ceiling’ is breached

Energy costs have risen and are now reported to be £1,293 a year and getting closer and closer to an affordability ceiling of £1,500 a year. Research from a national charity, uSwitch suggests that if this ceiling is reached, 26% of people will be forced to borrow money to be able to afford energy costs.

“We are now just £207 or 14 per cent away from hitting an affordability ceiling after which consumers will start rationing their usage as though they are living in the third world,” warns Ann Robinson from uSwitch.

The latest research by uSwitch put the number of those already in fuel poverty at 6.3 million households, much higher than the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change of 5.5 million.

This month Turn2us is encouraging people to use social media such as Twitter, SMS text messages and an online form, to broadcast the amount which people pay for gas and electricity as a percentage of their income. They are hoping that by revealing their personal “fuel rate”, the Government and energy companies will take action to make fuel more affordable.  Rates will automatically be plotted on a Google Map to give a visual picture of how much people up and down the country are paying.

Website: The Independent


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