19 July Coronavirus Updates for England, Scotland, Wales and NI

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As of today, England has moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap out of COVID-19 legal restrictions. Extra support deployed in areas receiving an enhanced response to COVID-19, support is currently available to the following local authorities: Bedford Borough Council Birmingham City Council Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Blackpool Council Brighton and Hove City Council […]

Non-take-up of benefits at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic


The full report is available here, and Ben’s blog at Inequalities is here (published April 20th 2021) You can also read a summary infographic, a blog by the Health Foundation, and coverage in the Guardian and the Independent. The data and replication file are available via the Open Science Foundation. About this report The situation of those who were eligible for Universal Credit (UC) but did not […]

New fund launches to deliver £18.7 million in grant funding to social enterprises


The Social Enterprise Support Fund will provide essential financial support between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID19.    Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver the new fund which launches today. Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd will jointly deliver […]

£6 million covid-19 fund announced for disadvantaged children and young people


BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation have come together in a £6 million joint fund. The fund will look to support children and young people on their journey towards employment: 10 – 18 years old in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales 10 – 24 years old in England Evidence suggests that disadvantaged children […]

Act now to tackle record rise in unemployment and prevent long-term damage

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Employment experts call for £1bn Youth Guarantee and urgent investment in education and back-to-work support Download the full report here The Government needs to act now to tackle the fastest spike in unemployment on record or risk permanent damage to our economy and people’s livelihoods, a group of experts say today. The call comes ahead […]

Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemic


Defence Minister Johnny Mercer announces extra funding to support frontline armed forces charities across the UK. £6-million for those supporting the defence community affected by the coronavirus elderly veterans, those struggling with mental and physical health, and service children among organisations eligible for funding can apply from Tuesday 12 May. Serving personnel, veterans and their […]