New research with employers by national charity Carers UK, supported by Centrica, has found that flexible working and practices to support carers within the workplace have continued to accelerate, become better embedded and many look set to stay as the return to the workplace gathers pace.
Heading into the pandemic, disabled people faced an employment gap compared to non-disabled people of 28.1%, and a pay gap of 15%, which equated to £3,000 less a year.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ended on 30 September 2021.
Provisional data shows that when it closed on 30 September, the CJRS was supporting 410,000 employers who had a total of 1.14 million jobs on furlough. This is a decrease of 210,000 employments from 31 August when there were 1.35 million employments on furlough.
A contract between an employer and an employee or worker is a legally binding agreement. A contract can be agreed verbally or in writing.
Any changes to the contract must be agreed by both the employer and employee or worker, or in some circumstances with a trade union or other employee representatives.
There has been a significant decrease compared to last year where 5.4 million jobs paid below the real Living Wage – the largest drop ever recorded in percentage point terms. However, the report highlights that a key factor in the drop has been increased levels of unemployment in low-paid sectors such as hospitality and retail.
The Department for Work & Pensions (the Department) launched the Kickstart Scheme (Kickstart) in September 2020 in response to a significant forecast rise in youth unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As initially announced, Kickstart aims to “create hundreds of thousands of high-quality six-month work placements aimed at those aged 16–24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.”
This note discusses the process by which National Insurance numbers (NINOs) are allocated and the uses to which they are put, before discussing the background to the introduction of the ‘Right to Work’ test for individuals requiring a NINO for employment purposes.
Post Office Card Accounts are to be extended for another year in order to safely move existing users over to traditional bank accounts or a new Payment Exception Service.
The CCSF was targeted at small and medium sized community organisations delivering activities and support to people affected by the COVID-19 crisis. A total of £199m was allocated to the CCSF and £187m was distributed after administration and evaluation costs had been deducted. It was funded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund (The Fund) was appointed to manage and distribute the funding.
People who find it difficult to access online services will receive dedicated help from HMCTS’s new national digital support service.