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21 May 2013
With the release of The Work and Pensions Select Committee's report ‘Can the Work Programme work for all user groups?’, Jenny Gulliford further examines the problem of the Work Programme’s pay structure.
11 April 2013
People with long term or chronic conditions aren’t forgotten when the service comes into practice in 2014. Jenny Gulliford, a researcher on the recently published ‘Returning to Work: Cancer and the Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service’, outlines her recommendations for government.
08 April 2013
An impact review as a result of the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment.
19 March 2013
Returning to work can be a positive part of the recovery process for people with cancer, bringing with it physical, mental and social benefits.
12 February 2013
Today (12 Feb) Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson were successful in their bid to prove that the government’s back-to-work schemes were legally flawed. Despite early reports, the ruling did not conclude that mandatory back-to-work schemes or sanctions were unlawful or that they counted as ‘forced labour’.
13 December 2012
Mark Hoban MP didn’t reveal anything too shocking in his responses to the audience at our recent event, but several interesting topics were raised.
30 November 2012
With the dust beginning to settle after the Work Programme’s first statistical release, we now have a bit of breathing space in which to drill deeper into the figures, particularly those regarding disability and mental health.
28 November 2012
Yesterday (27 November) was a big day for the Work Programme, with the Department for Work and Pensions releasing its first set of statistics on job outcomes.
21 November 2012
On Monday this week, Esther McVey, the Minister for Disabled People, announced a number of changes to the Access to Work scheme. These changes should be welcomed, as they help to relieve the cost burden of the scheme on small businesses.
04 October 2012
Today (4 Oct) the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) released the results of a survey of 98 of their member organisations who are sub-contractors within the Work Programme. Their findings were, to say the least, worrying.
08 August 2012
Earlier this week (6 Aug), Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson lost their appeal to have two government work experience schemes declared ‘slave labour’ as defined under the European Convention on Human Rights. But while it is almost certainly hyperbolic to compare a work experience scheme to slavery, it is only fair to ask whether mandatory work placements actually help people to secure a full-time sustainable job.