ERSA Employability Awards winners announced

The winners of the ERSA Employability Awards 2017, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group, were announced last night at an evening ceremony attended by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, and hosted by BBC journalist Kirsty Lang. The Minister provided a keynote speech at the event, highlighting excellence in sector’s work […]

ERSA responds to Times article on employment support for lone parents

ERSA-Logo_46.jpg

Today, The Times featured an article on the publication of the Cochrane Review on employment support programmes and the health of lone parents. Commenting in response, Sam Windett, ERSA’s Head of Policy and Communications, said: “Today’s article is an interesting study based on the North American welfare to work schemes, but we know the UK has different […]

ERSA responds to latest labour market stats

ERSA-Logo_47.jpg

ERSA welcomes the latest set of labour market statistics for April to June 2017, which show unemployment down by over 57,000 on the quarter and with the rate falling to 4.4% – the lowest since 1975. The statistics also show that the number of women in work is at a new record high at over […]

ERSA responds to latest labour market stats

ERSA welcomes the latest set of labour market statistics for February to April 2017, which show unemployment down by over 145,000 on the year and with the rate remaining at 4.6% – the lowest since 1975. The statistics also show that the number of women in work is at a new record high at over […]

ERSA announces Employability Awards finalists

ERSA-Logo_56.jpg

Today (10 May), ERSA announced the finalists of the 2017 Employability Awards, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group. The list of finalists includes a wide variety of organisation and individuals unified by the exceptional service and support they deliver to help people towards, into and within employment. The national Employability Awards, now in their fifth year, […]

ERSA launches General Elections 2017 Minifesto

ERSA-Logo_57.jpg

ERSA has launched its Minifesto for the General Election on 8 June, setting out 5 key principles for the campaign. Alongside the Minifesto, ERSA has produced a candidates briefing for member use.

ERSA statement on Work and Pensions Committee Report into Self Employment and the Gig Economy

Yesterday, the Work and Pesnions Committee published its report into Self Employment and the Gig Economy. ERSA’s Head of Policy, Sam Windett, had provided oral evidence to the inquiry, and a range of ERSA’s key reccommendations around reducing the impact of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor for self-employed jobseekers, as well as investing in specialist employment […]

ERSA statement on Work and Pensions Committee report on employment opportunities for young people

In response to today’s report by the Work and Pensions Select Committee on employment opportunities for young people, ERSA’s Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh, said: “Today’s report is welcome, not least because the Youth Obligation is due to roll out in three days without any government consultation. Frontline experts have been denied a formal say in government proposals […]

ERSA responds to PAC report on benefit sanctions

ERSA-Logo_63.jpg

In response to today’s report from the Public Accounts Committee on benefit sanctions, ERSA’s chief executive Kirsty McHugh said: “Today’s report once again underlines that the conditionality and sanction regime needs fundamental reform. Sanctions should only ever be a last resort, and should never be used for anyone vulnerable. “There is a strong evidence base that employment […]