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Parents Urged Not to “Miss Out” on National Insurance Credits
September 6, 2018

Parents and carers should make sure they are getting National Insurance credits which may improve their State Pension income.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey today urges parents with children under 12 to ensure they receive the valuable National Insurance credits which may improve their State Pension income.

Some parents may inadvertently be missing out on retirement income to which they are entitled, the Secretary of State warned today. To ensure they receive National Insurance credits parents must submit a child benefit claim, even if they opt out of receiving any payments.

Credits can help to fill gaps in National Insurance records, and help people to qualify for some contributory benefits including State Pension.

The full new State Pension is £164.35 per week – or around £8,500 a year – however, the actual amount you get depends on an individual’s National Insurance record.

Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said:

I urge everyone to check their eligibility and apply for any credits for which they qualify and are entitled to. Don’t miss out on potentially increased pay-outs from your future state pension.

The State Pension is a foundation for retirement. If you are caring for a child or a relative then you may be eligible for National Insurance credits which will strengthen this foundation.

National Insurance credits aim to ensure that someone’s State Pension is not affected if they are unable to work and pay National Insurance contributions. Read more

DWP Touchbase: Issue 128
August 29, 2018

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

  • rough sleeping
  • summer jobs
  • understanding Universal Credit
  • Pension Awareness week
  • an older workers toolkit for employers
  • Child Benefit payments
  • GCSEs
  • government support for savers

Touchbase Newsletter 128

Unemployment Rate Falls to 4%, With Record Low Youth Unemployment
August 15, 2018

As young people in England and Wales await their A-level results on Thursday 16 August, the proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in full-time education is at a record low of 4.7%.

Meanwhile, there are also a record number of older people in work – over 10.2 million.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey said:

With the unemployment rate falling further to just 4%, and youth unemployment down over 45% since 2010, school leavers this week can look forward to a growing jobs market, improving the prospects for their future careers.

In fact, the UK’s vibrant jobs market is benefiting people across the board. Record rates of ethnic minority people in work also show that more families across our society are benefiting from the security of a job, with wages also on the increase.

We have some of the most creative, innovative and hard-working young people in the world and this summer I’ve been urging them to take on a summer job, gaining ‘soft skills’ – or as I call them, essential skills – for their future careers.

Read more

£1million to Improve Life Skills for Young People in Doncaster
July 25, 2018

A £1 million programme to improve access to sports, arts and culture for 5,000 disadvantaged young people across Doncaster has been launched today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

Young people from some of the most deprived parts of the town will have access to free extra-curricular activities and healthy meals over the summer holidays including competitive sport, cooking classes and outdoor pursuits. The programme will help broaden young people’s horizons, giving them the opportunity develop lifelong skills in leadership and teamwork, as well as helping build character, resilience and confidence so they can become successful adults.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds launched the programme of activities, funded through the Government’s Opportunity Area programme, during a visit to Bentley Youth Centre where he met with the first young people to benefit from the scheme this summer.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

The Opportunity Area programme is about broadening the horizons of young people from disadvantaged areas. I want every young person living in Doncaster to be able to access extra-curricular activities that build the resilience and character they need to fulfill their ambitions, whatever they are.

This investment will help young people in Doncaster learn the skills of leadership and teamwork that are so important later in life, giving them the boost in confidence they need to succeed in education or the world of work.

The funding includes £550,000 to pay for a programme of summer activities in 2018 and 2019, and a £450,000 fund for local voluntary and community groups to support young people in Doncaster develop additional skills through out-of-school activities from September. Read more

Employment Rate at New Record High
July 19, 2018

Official figures, released by the Office for National Statistics on 17th July 2018, report that the overall employment rate is at 75.7%, a new record high.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remains at its lowest since 1975. And, since 2010, the majority of employment growth has been in both full-time and permanent roles.

The women’s employment rate has remained at a joint record high of 71.3%. On top of this, the majority of female employment growth since 2010 has been in higher skilled occupations (74.1%) and the full-time gender pay gap has fallen to a record low of 9.1%.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:

The employment rate is now at a record high of 75.7%. With over 3.3 million more people in work since 2010, this government has seen on average 1,000 more people in work each and every day.

Making sure our jobs market works for everyone is at the heart of this department’s work and the modern industrial strategy, and with over 800,000 job vacancies we have a buoyant jobs market with plenty of opportunities available.

The 8-year trend shows the vast majority of roles are in full-time, permanent work that’s higher skilled – which means higher paid too.

Read more

Employment Rate Remains at Record High
June 13, 2018

Britain has a joint record high employment rate of 75.6% with 32.39 million people now in work according to the latest official statistics.

The unemployment rate is now 4.2% – down 0.4% since last year – with the number of people out of work falling by 115,000.

The figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) come as Black, Asian and minority ethnic employment (BAME) is at a record high. The BAME employment gap – the difference between the employment rates of the ethnic minority population and the overall population – is at an all-time low of 10.1% points.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey said: Read more

DWP Touchbase: Issue 127
May 25, 2018

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

  • a new job finding service
  • new Personal Independence Payment videos
  • the Tell Us Once service
  • a public consultation
  • the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise


DWP Touchbase: Issue 126
April 24, 2018

This month DWP Touchbase includes information on:|

Acess to Work Grants | Mandatory Reconsideration Made Easier | Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Children – New, Improved Claim Form | Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Notes Sheet – New Easy Read Document | Work and Health Programme Rolled out Across England and Wales | Payment Exception Service Replaces Simple Payment Childcare Vouchers – Date Extended

Click Here To View Touchbase Online

Welfare and Pension Reforms Start in April
April 10, 2018

The following are just a number of the welfare reforms have come into effect from April 2018.

Access to Work grants

Delivering on the government’s commitment to support disabled people into work, Access to Work grants have increased by over £15,000 so people can now claim up to £57,200 a year. Access to Work can cover workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters and is one of the ways the government is helping disabled people to enter and thrive in employment.

The increase ensures that more disabled people, particularly from the deaf community, are able to benefit from the grant and achieve their career aspirations.

Automatic enrolment into a workplace pension

To help workers to save for their future, the automatic enrolment pension contribution rates also increased from 2% to 5% on 6 April 2018.

Automatic enrolment was created to help people with their long-term pension savings and works by requiring employers to enrol all eligible staff into a workplace pension. An estimated 10 million people will be newly saving or saving more later this year and the increase in minimum contribution rates will build on this success. Read more

Work Programme Performance Report March 2018
March 23, 2018

Latest Work Programme statistics show 857,000 people have been supported into work.

ERSA has today released the latest round of job start figures for the Work Programme for the period of June to December 2017.
These show that 856,991 people have now gained some work through the scheme, while the number of young people gaining work has reached 206,522.

The full report can be accessed here

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