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AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY - Jobcentre Plus offices and phonelines in England, Scotland and Wales will be closed on Monday 26 August. To make sure people receive their payments on a day when Jobcentre Plus offices are open, some benefits due to be paid on M...

INCREASE WAGES - British think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has proposed that minimum wages and statutory paid holiday entitlement be increased in order to improve the UK’s productivity. The Time for demand: B...

PENSIONS UPDATE -The UK leaving the EU will not affect your entitlement to continue receiving your UK State Pension if you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland. The UK government would wish to continue uprating pensions but wil...

LOW TAX GUY - Chancellor Sajid Javid has said he wants to simplify the UK’s tax system ahead of his first Budget this autumn. In the interview with The Times, Mr Javid said he was a “low tax guy”, but added that it was important to “always be thinkin...

PENSIONS FEARS -The state pension age is set to rise to 75 over the next 16 years — based on a plan by Iain Duncan Smiths Think Tank Centre for Social Justice states the Mirror Newspaper.  A report out by the Centre for Social Justice says Brita...

JOB FAIR NEWS - Caerphilly Council’s ever popular Live Vacancy event is set to return to Sue Noake Leisure Centre in Ystrad Mynach on 12th September from 2pm to 6pm.The event, which is in its third year, attracts hundreds of young people aged 16 to 2...

LABOUR MARKET NEWS -The UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, the joint-highest on record since comparable records began in 1971. The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9%; lower than a year earlier (4.0%); on the quarter the rate was 0.1 p...

DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS - has revealed that two charities that will receive £51 million in government funding to provide advice and support to claimants of universal credit (UC) signed gagging clauses that prevent them bringing the Department fo...

NEW LAW FOR FREELANCERS - With only seven months until IR35, many self-employed people need to start thinking about how the new tax laws might affect their earnings. In April 2020, the law aims to stop 'disguised employment' and means that those...

THE NATIONAL RETRAINING SCHEME - is the government’s new programme to prepare adults for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation, and to help them retrain into better jobs. This is what the Department of Educat...

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