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Unemployment is 1,671,000, down 22,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 20,000) and the unemployment rate is 5%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 746,100, down 400 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.2%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,030,000, down 6,000 on the quarter, representing 14.3% of the youth population (no change on last quarter. Youth unemployment (including students) is 621,000, down 11,000 on the quarter. There are 2.2 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 74.2% (no change on last month’s published figure and up 0.1 percentage points in... View Article
By Stuart Dee In my role, I’m often asked why inclusion is so important and my answer is always the same: the success of any business depends on it. You wouldn’t be blamed for having a certain amount of cynicism about what motivates big corporations or financial institutions to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion but at RBS we have a sincerely-held belief that by putting the needs of our customers and colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we can create a bank where, as well as delivering high-quality service, everyone feels valued. It is something all leading businesses should do. The theory is simple, but putting it into practice and bringing about real cultural change takes... View Article
Big Lottery Fund awards £48.5m to 63 projects for women and girls by Susannah Birkwood The biggest grant has gone to the domestic violence charity Women’s Aid Cash supports women in difficult situations The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £48.5m to 63 projects across England that support women and girls facing difficult situations such as domestic violence. The biggest grant, worth £5.8m, went to the anti-domestic violence charity Women’s Aid to fund a project designed to reduce the prevalence of domestic abuse, carried out in partnership with SafeLives, the charity formerly known as Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse. The second-biggest grant, of more than £3m, went to Rape Crisis England & Wales to fund the development of a new online... View Article
A Disneyland-style theme park expected to attract 50,000 tourists a day is set to be created in Kent. The £2 billion London Paramount Entertainment Resort to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford will feature rides based on Paramount films, BBC Worldwide shows and Aardman animations – including Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. Attractions based on films including The Godfather and Mission: Impossible are also planned for the site. The 872-acre entertainment complex would include a large indoor water park, theatres, live music venues, cinemas, rides and restaurants – along with 5,000 hotel rooms. Due to open in 2021, the tourist attraction financed by Kuwait’s Al-Humaidi family could bring 27,000 jobs to the area according to... View Article
For Britain’s most powerful firms, women in executive positions continue to be about as common as unicorns, new analysis has revealed. Boardroom diversity has soared in recent years, but despite this, not much has changed at executive level. Following Lord Davies’ target for FTSE 100 firms to have 25 per cent women at executive level by the end of 2015, female directors have more than doubled in four years. But the changing face of UK boardrooms is largely down to the large number of women appointed to non-executive roles. Among Britain’s blue-chip firms, three in 10 of these are now held by women. Female executive representation, however, remains below 10 per cent, according to a new study by board advisory... View Article
Unemployment is 1,749,000, down 24,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 103,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.3%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month and down 0.3 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 795,500, up 3,300 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,033,000, down 39,000 on the quarter, representing 14.3% of the youth population (down 0.5 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 653,000, down 85,000 on the quarter. There are 2.4 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 73.7% (up 0.2 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.3 percentage points... View Article
Charity Commission asks government to allow unemployed to volunteer more reliably The regulator is concerned that requirements placed on those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance can make it difficult for them to commit to regular volunteering Charity Commission asks government to allow unemployed to volunteer more reliably | Third Sector The Charity Commission is in talks with the Department for Work and Pensions about allowing people who claim Jobseeker’s Allowance to take up charity volunteering and trustee roles more reliably without losing their benefits. At the All Party Parliamentary Group for Civil Society and Volunteering meeting in Westminster yesterday, the Charity Commission also reiterated that it would require primary legislation to allow it to charge charities for its services. Currently, people who... View Article
UK unemployment edged up to 1.82 million in the May to July period, up 10,000 from the previous quarter. Earnings, which have been slow to grow even as unemployment has come down, grew 2.9% excluding bonuses, the fastest rate of growth since 2009. The unemployment rate was 5.5%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, unchanged from the previous quarter but down from 6.2% last year. There were 31.09 million in work, up 42,000 from the previous quarter. When measured against the same period a year ago the total number of people in employment was 413,000 higher. Including bonuses, average weekly earnings growth grew by 2.9%, although this was lower than the 3.3% growth rate seen in the three months... View Article
Unemployment is 1,852,000, down 1,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline up 25,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.6%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 792,400, down -4,900 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,072,000, down -51,000 on the quarter, representing 14.8% of the youth population (down -0.7 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 738,000, up 3,000 on the quarter. There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 73.4% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and down 0.1 percentage points in the... View Article
Islington council to help disabled into work with new scheme – Education – Islington Gazette New measures to help the disabled and mentally ill into work are being considered by Islington council following a report into the barriers to employment those with long term health problems face. Recent figures showed unemployment rates in Islington drop back to pre-recession levels, with just 7.8 per cent of the working age population being without a job. But this fall is masking the “serious and entrenched problem” of worklessness among those with disabilities or mental health issues, a report by the council’s Assistant Chief Executive for Health and Wellbeing found. “This is the overwhelming reason that Islington’s employment rate (68.6 per cent of the... View Article