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Providing support for workers with multiple sclerosis (MS) would significantly reduce an annual welfare bill of £66.7m and prevent people from missing out on an average of 18 years of their working lives*.
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said:
With the new Work Programme underway in parts of the country from today (10 June), The Work Foundation is warning that the programme will do little to improve employment opportunities for people living in economically weaker areas. It will be difficult for private contractors to deliver the programme at a profit in certain parts of Scotland, Wales and London, thus disincentivising activity in these areas (see appendix for regional breakdown).
Coalition policy is failing to deliver the public sector innovation that could dramatically boost value for money and benefit the economy beyond the public sector, argues a report published today (17 May) by The Work Foundation. Unless the government grasps this area, there is a danger that spending cuts and public service reforms will stifle innovation along with its economic benefits, and a chance to reverse declining public sector productivity will have been lost.
George Osborne’s “March of the Makers” may have been leading the UK revival, however a report published tomorrow (10 May) by The Work Foundation argues that any strategy for growth must also harness the power of the business services sector, which has now replaced manufacturing as the mainstay of the UK economy. By itself, manufacturing is no longer big enough to sustain the recovery. And with the business services sector now twice the size of manufacturing, it is integral to the country’s prosperity over the coming decade.
Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said:
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said...
Hertford College, Oxford University has announced that Will Hutton is to be their new Principal from September 2011..
Commenting on today’s Budget, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said...
With the budget expected to tackle the “enemies of enterprise”, a new report published next week (21 March) by The Work Foundation urges the government to focus its enterprise policy on small to medium sized ‘high growth firms’ - companies likely to be a major source of jobs and growth during the recovery.
Bleak prospects for young people as unemployment rises
Following George Osborne’s call for a 'manufacturing revival', a report published on 14 March by The Work Foundation argues that if the Coalition is to safeguard the future of UK manufacturing, it must go beyond the traditional view that it is just about 'making things'.
Commenting on today’s announcement on Enterprise Zones, Andrew Sissons, Researcher at The Work Foundation and lead author of the report Do Enterprise Zones Work? said..
With the announcement of a new generation of Enterprise Zones widely expected in the Budget, a report published next week (28 February) by The Work Foundation warns that such schemes are likely to be ineffective at stimulating sustained growth in depressed areas. The paper also raises major concerns about the cost of such policies, with analysis of previous Enterprise Zones suggesting this amounted to at least £23,000 for each new job created – equivalent to £50,000 in today’s money.