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Professor Stephen Bevan
14 December 2011
The Manchester United and Scotland star Darren Fletcher has announced an extended break from football while he receives treatment for Ulcerative Colitis – a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
08 December 2011
There seems to be no let-up in sight to the gloomy economic outlook. Growth is stagnant, unemployment is growing, fear of job loss remains high and pressure on workers and their families is building.
Dr Neil Lee
A series of ‘City Deals’ are due to be announced today. Amongst other things, the eight core cities will be getting a single consolidated capital pot, fast track Tax Increment Financing and a single City Skills Fund to help match skills needs with provision.
07 December 2011
Innovative cities can drive the economic recovery. Innovation – the successful commercialisation of new ideas – is the key driver of economic growth.
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support
06 December 2011
Over 700,000 people of working age in the UK are living with a cancer diagnosis and this is set to rise in the next twenty years as the number of people living with cancer doubles from two to four million.
01 December 2011
At the tail end of the recession in 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) warned that the impact of the crisis would be felt more acutely by black and minority ethnic (BME) groups once cuts to the public sector begin to take effect.
Few priorities are as pressing at the moment than supporting people back into work – this is especially important for the young and those with health difficulties.
30 November 2011
Tucked away in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement yesterday was an apparently uncontroversial commitment to review the case for Regional pay in the public sector.
29 November 2011
Today Osborne was able to stand up the House of Commons and rely on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budgetary Responsibility. Things are bad, but with reliable numbers behind him we can have confidence that he is honestly telling us just how bad things are.
Dr Benjamin Reid
The ‘vital 6%’ of high growth firms in the UK, it has been said, are responsible for up to half of new job growth. That 6% are, almost exclusively, Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – at least when they start their growth spurt.
The Coalition has always towed a pretty consistent line on geographic re-balancing in the UK: we need to become less dependent on the South East, and spread growth more evenly around the country.
Reading Kate Bolick’s article in The Guardian this weekend reminded me how much the rules of the game have changed in the world of work. Technically it is now a world of fair opportunities and fair competition for both women and men. However, in practice – not so much.
25 November 2011
As youth unemployment hits a record high the government today has announced a welcome package of support to help get young people into work or training. Over the next three years the Youth Contract aims to provide jobs and training for at least 410,000 18-24 year olds.
Scott Bryan and Nikola Hall
22 November 2011
Welcome to the new look website for The Work Foundation.
The argument in favour of getting any kind of job is often framed in terms of progression. That once on the jobs ladder, people develop and improve their capabilities and this is rewarded through higher pay