Articles from Helen Barnard

PM’s plans for skills “the right first step” but more support will be needed

The Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, announced today (29 Sept), will be a necessary part of our response to the coming wave of unemployment, but immediate and practical support will also be needed, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Chancellor fails to take action to protect those hardest hit by Covid

The Chancellor @RishiSunak announced some action to preserve jobs today, but the new scheme will still see a new wave of job losses and there was no new action to retrain workers, create new jobs or ensure that the vital social security lifeline remains in place as the next wave of unemployment takes hold.

It is unacceptable for young people to pay the price of a global pandemic

#ResultsDay 2020 - A fog of uncertainty has created a new peak of anger and worry  Before coronavirus, too many young people from poorer backgrounds were shut out of opportunities to get good qualifications and decent jobs. In a compassionate and just society, it is unacceptable for them to also pay the price of a global pandemic.

The recent Social Mobility Commission report offers three lessons to help us build on the best and remedy the worst

Coronavirus has held up a mirror to our society, showing us the best and worst of ourselves. The recent Social Mobility Commission report offers three lessons to help us build on the best and remedy the worst.

Basic, digital and vocational skills are the missing link in the levelling up agenda

As the Chancellor took to the stand on 11th March, we were already at the foothills of the COVID-19 outbreak. But Rishi Sunak wanted to be clear this was still his levelling up budget. He made a series of impressive spending commitments. In total, £600 billion over five years for ‘roads, railways, broadband and homes’.

We’re about to see the first ‘Levelling Up’ Budget – Will adult skills play the starring role it deserves?

This week, the new Chancellor will deliver the first Budget from a government with a sizable majority for nearly a decade.

Levelling up: we can’t afford not to - JRF warns of ‘double injustice’ without a recovery that reduces poverty

Tackling the root causes of poverty has “taken on a new urgency” as COVID-19 risks compounding challenges facing people on low incomes, according to a new report from @jrf_uk - the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Government must set out how it will deliver on levelling up

Responding to the publication of "Levelling up: where and how?" by @TheIFS, Mike Hawking, Policy and Partnerships Manager (@jrf_uk) at the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

Over 50 organisations call for Chancellor to make Universal Credit uplift permanent

#KeepTheLifeline - Coalition calls on @RishiSunak to make the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit permanent  Over 50 signatories representing leading organisations across the United Kingdom have come together in a joint letter to call on the Chancellor to make the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit permanent and extend the same support to those on legacy benefits.

Millions set to be worse off unless the Government makes the increase to Universal Credit permanent

Keep the lifeline: Around 16 million people are at risk of seeing their social security support cut by £1,040 per year in April 2021  700,000 people are likely to be pulled into poverty if the temporary increase of £20 per week for those on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit is withdrawn.


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