Daily Archives: 19/05/2020

Coronavirus: Young people ‘most likely to lose work’ in lockdown......

Young people are most likely to have lost work or seen their income drop because of Covid-19, a report suggests.

More than one in three 18 to 24-year-olds is earning less than before the outbreak, research by the Resolution Foundation claims.

It said younger workers risk their pay being affected for years, while older staff may end up involuntarily retired.  Click here to read more.

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Huge rise in number of people claiming benefits......

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK soared to 2.1 million in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.

The total in April jumped by 856,500, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Before the lockdown began, employment had hit a record high.

The benefit claimant count does not include everyone who is out of work, since not all can claim assistance, but it does indicate the trend.

In another indication of the bleak employment landscape, the number of job vacancies fell by nearly a quarter to 637,000 in the three months to April.

Meanwhile, claims for universal credit – the benefit for working-age people in the UK – hit a record monthly level in the early weeks of lockdown.  Click here to read more.

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Nursing staff still under pressure to work without PPE and gowns......

More than a third of nursing staff (34%) say they’re still under pressure to care for patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19 without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Tube drivers sent home after raising safety concerns over lockdown easing......

At least 30 Tube drivers were sent home from work on Monday after they expressed concerns about safety of themselves and their passengers, a trade union has said, as more people return to work after the coronavirus lockdown begins to ease in England.  Click here to read more.

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