Real help for the unemployed
will be rolled out to unemployed people as new Labour Market figures
published today show a rise in the numbers of people claiming
unemployment benefits. With over half a million vacancies in
the economy which employers are trying to fill, a package of
measures is being announced which will help people gain the right
training and skills to ensure they stand the best chance possible of
getting back to work.
Employment Minister, Tony McNulty said:- "This month's Labour
Market figures are very disappointing and we will do all we can to
give real support to people during these tough times. We have
put in place extra help and support that will ensure everyone who
becomes unemployed stands the best chance possible of getting back
to work, including making available £79 million of additional
European Social Fund money to support people who become unemployed."
The £79 million is part of a £158 million package jointly financed
by DWP and DIUS, and will specifically target people who most need
it to develop their confidence and life skills and help them back
In addition to the new funding, Tony McNulty also confirmed that he
has agreed with Jobcentre Plus a five point pledge to anyone who
becomes unemployed. Mr McNulty said:- "Every Jobcentre across
the country is taking steps to help people who lose their jobs. In
the event that someone does become unemployed, I can promise them
the extra help and support they need through Jobcentre Plus.
Firstly people will get to see an expert Personal Jobcentre Plus
Adviser who can support them; they will have access to a wide range
of jobs and get help with CV writing and completing job applications
forms. Where necessary, they will get help with skills advice and
retraining. And they can also receive help with their mortgage.
This is the real help that is on offer to all those who need our
support to find a job in these tough times."
The Labour Market Statistics are published by the UK Statistics
Authority and can be found at:-
Taste the benefit of food hygiene, says Which?
LAST week the FSA
endorsed a 5-star hygiene scoring system for food outlets across
England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to help consumers assess how
hygienic their favourite takeaways and restaurants really are.
Which? research shows that 97% of consumers think they are entitled
to know the hygiene scores of their local restaurants. Currently, it
is up to local councils to introduce and enforce the use of this
voluntary scheme, but only 17 out of the 46 councils in the North
West have adopted it.
With 765,000 cases of food-borne illness reported every year, the
need for an open publication of food hygiene scores has never been
more apparent. The introduction of the 5-star scheme will not only
enable consumers to make informed choices about where they eat and
buy food, but drive up standards of hygiene in food premises across
the North West.
Which? has been campaigning for a number of years for local
authorities and food outlets to be more transparent about the
results of their inspections and to publish hygiene scores. The
single ‘scores on the doors’ scheme will instantly help consumers
identify how safe a food outlet actually is.
Louise Hanson, Head of Campaigns, Which? says:- “There’s
nothing worse than picking up unwanted nasties from your favourite
takeaway. People should easily be able to tell whether a restaurant
kitchen is clean and the food’s safe.
We’re delighted that the FSA
has listened to the consumer voice and is encouraging councils to
adopt a consistent hygiene system.
People across the country
will not only be able to taste the benefits at their favourite
restaurants and takeaways, but ensure their health doesn’t go
belly-up as a result of bad hygiene practice.”