New Style Employment and Support Allowance: detailed guide (updated)

More detailed information about New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for stakeholders and claimants. Written by the Department for Work and Pensions Overview If you are ill or have a health condition or disability that limits your ability to work you may be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). New…

DWP launches Summer Jobs Portal

The DWP has launched a new summer jobs portal with an initial 20,000 vacancies. It features summer, seasonal and temporary roles for jobseekers of all ages throughout the UK, offering them an accessible, one-stop-shop to look for work.  For more information and to access the summer jobs portal, visit the Find a Job website.

DWP: Touchbase – Fri 16 July

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Coronavirus Roadmap update This week the Prime Minister announced that Step 4 of the Roadmap out of COVID-19 legal restrictions in England will go ahead on Monday 19 July. Step 4 will mark a new phase of continued caution whilst managing the risks of COVID-19, in our response to the…

DWP: Touchbase – Fri 9 July

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Coronavirus Roadmap update Step 4 of the Roadmap is expected to begin on Monday 19 July. This will be confirmed on Monday 12 July, following a review of the latest data. At Step 4, the Government will remove all outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and open the…

DWP: Touchbase – 18 June 2021

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Coronavirus roadmap update This week the Prime Minister gave a press conference where he announced a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap – his statement is available on GOV.UK. Step 3 restrictions remain in place. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July,…

DWP: Touchbase – 4 June 2021

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Shared Accommodation Rate changes DWP has implemented changes to the Shared Accommodation Rate that will help thousands of vulnerable care leavers access additional housing support. The changes mean that care leavers can now claim the higher one-bedroom rate for longer, as the maximum age limit has been raised to 25,…

Radio 1 Big Weekend Connects – Sign up for these free career advice sessions

In partnership with the Job Centre, Radio 1’s Big Weekend Connects will give young people around the UK the opportunity to learn more about working in creative industries, providing them with the skills, know-how and motivation they need to take those all-important first steps. From Sunday 16 – Thursday 27 May, Radio 1 will host online sessions…

JCP and Microsoft offer remote employability skills workshops

Jobcentre Plus has teamed up with software giant Microsoft to deliver employability skills workshops via Microsoft Teams. Four separate sessions will focus on building a CV in MS Word, developing a LinkedIn profile, preparing for job interviews and using Office 365. Interested parties can register here for the sessions

DWP: Touchbase – 7 May 2021

Roundup of recent DWP announcements New 24-hour payment service launched by Child Maintenance Service A new 24-hour automated service is available for parents and employers to make Child Maintenance and Liability Order Payments over the phone. This fully automated secure service is free, quick and easy to use at a time that suits our customers…

Maximus wins prime contract to deliver Restart program in South Yorks

Press release by Maximus More than 250,000 people will receive tailored support to overcome barriers and find work – Maximus (NYSE: MMS), a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that Maximus UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maximus, secured two prime contracts to deliver the Restart program in South and East London, and in…

DWP: Touchbase – 23 April 2021

Roundup of recent DWP announcements May bank holidays – changes to office openings and payment arrangements On Monday 3 and 31 May Jobcentre Plus offices and phone lines will be closed. Payment dates have been brought forward Customers due to be paid on the Monday 3 May will be paid on Friday 30 April. Customers…