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Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Nearly 180 employers ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying thousands of low-paid workers

Minimum wage dodgers warned they face fines of up to 200% of wages owed, but critics argue much more could be done.

More than half of Brits living in poverty are from working households

Study shows "work is not providing a route out of poverty", says JRF.

‘Rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure’, say Labour

ONS figures show unemployment increased by 46,000 between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017.

Government urged to ban the scourge of zero-hours contracts

TUC says insecure work allows employers to treat some workers like "second class citizens", many of whom struggle to "budget for their weekly shop".

UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations

Statutory sick pay and employment support allowance is “manifestly inadequate”, says European committee of social rights.

Tories unveil plan to get more disabled people into work

Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, reforming statutory sick pay, and large-scale employment research pilots.

Minimum wage ‘downgrade’ to cost low-paid over £500 a year

'National Living Wage' expected to fall short of the £9.10 an hour by 2021, promised by George Osborne.

13 things the EU gave the UK which we now take for granted

What has the European Union ever done for the UK? Well, quite a lot actually....

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ gaffe fuels belief that Tories don’t care

The chancellor’s untimely slip carried echoes of Lamont’s remark that people out of work was a price worth paying.

Scotland plans to become the UK’s first ‘living wage nation’

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to increase the number of workers earning the "real living wage".

Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability.

Majority would support a ban on unpaid internships, survey shows

Commission warns unpaid internships and work experience are damaging to social mobility.

New report proves Jeremy Corbyn was right to warn of an ‘epidemic of low pay’

Only 1 in 6 low-paid workers have been able to permanently 'escape' low pay in the last decade, research shows.

SNP call for worker’s rights to be redefined to protect people in insecure jobs

Party says worker's rights should be 'front and centre' of political debate due to the 'rapidly changing world of work'

75% of disabled jobseekers say condition hampers their job-hunt

Survey also shows that more than half of disabled jobseekers 'face barriers' when applying for jobs.

Employers still discriminate against disabled people – it has to stop

Survey reveals disabled people apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people in their job search.

UK businesses ‘addicted’ to zero-hours contracts, says Unite

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 1.4 million workers on zero-hours contracts in May 2017.

UK workers £300 worse off thanks to rising inflation and stagnant wages

Real-terms wages for workers in both the private and public sector have fallen by around £300 over the last twelve months, research shows.

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘epidemic of low pay’ in speech to TUC Congress

Labour leader told delegates that an 'epidemic of low pay' is 'leaving workers and their families locked in poverty'.

DWP using benefit sanctions to force claimants into zero hours jobs, Tory minister admits

Tory minister admitted that Universal Credit claimants may be sanctioned if they refuse to take up zero-hours employment opportunities.




Man missing part of his skull told he’s ‘not disabled enough’ for disability benefits

"You can literally feel my brain and the edges of my skull where it’s been cut off".

DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.