Jobseeker who said she took heroin instead of looking for work claims her joke application was signed off by staff, according to report.
The number of people out of work and on benefits fell by 21,200 in June, but the number of long-term unemployed has reached a 17-year high.
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According to the CBI's latest outlook, the British economy will slowly improve over the next year:
- Household spending in the second half of 2013 will slowly strengthen, and continue to do so through the following year.
- Better spending power will coincide with a fall in inflation, a rise in disposable income and a stable labour market.
- However, unemployment is likely to remain high over the medium term, falling from 7.8 percent in 2013 to 7.6 percent in 2014 as the number of hours worked increases.
- Business investment will fall by 2.8 percent this year but grow by 7.3 percent in 2014.
Attitudes to people with mental health problems may harden during periods of recession, the co-author of a new study said today.
Professor Graham Thornicroft, from the Institute of Psychiatry, said:
Our study emphasises that one important implication of stigma and discrimination is exclusion from employment.
During periods of economic recession, attitudes to people with mental health problems may harden, further deepening social exclusion.
Governments need to be aware of these risks, and employers need to be aware of their legal duty to comply with the Equality Act to support people with mental health problems coming into, and staying in, employment.
Men and those with low levels of education have been particularly affected by the recession, a new study suggests.
Here is how those with mental health problems were disproportionately affected by the recession:
- Between 2006 and 2010, unemployment rate had risen by 5.5% compared with 2.7% for those unaffected by mental illness.
- Unemployment in Europe stood at 18.2% for people with mental health problems and 9.8% for other members of the population.
- In 2010, 21.7% of sufferers - more than a fifth - were unemployed.
People with mental health problems have been disproportionately affected by the recession, a new study revealed today.
Lead author Dr Sara Evans-Lacko, from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, said:
The economic recession has had enormous impact across much of Europe, but there is little information about the specific impact of the recession on groups who are already vulnerable to social exclusion, specifically people with mental health problems.
This is the first study to show that the European economic crisis has had a profound impact on people with mental health problems, compared to those without.
Unemployment is hitting the mentally ill twice as hard as it is the general population, a study has found.
Across Europe, people with mental health problems have been disproportionately affected by the recession, said researchers.
Between 2006 and 2010, their unemployment rate had risen by 5.5% compared with 2.7% for those unaffected by mental illness.
The findings, reported in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, are based on data collected from more than 20,000 people in 27 European Union countries.
Spain's unemployment rate dropped by 0.9 per cent to 26.26 in the second quarter of 2013, providing some much-needed good news for an economy.
Spain's National Statistics Institute revealed that the number of people out of work had fallen by 225,000 to 5.87 million from April to June.
Unemployment in the recession-hit country hit a record 27.2 per cent high in the first quarter of this year, sparking protests in Madrid.
The reduction comes as the Conservative government grow increasingly confident that its reforms and austerity measures are proving effective.
After figures revealed unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May, Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted:
Encouraging news with unemployment falling by 57000.
– Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union
Small relief in the unemployment figures will be no comfort to those struggling with the misery of long-term unemployment.
Every job lost is a personal tragedy and the Government has to do more to tackle the persistent jobs crisis.
"Stopping the slew of job losses from the public sector and giving Britain a pay rise to get people spending is what our economy needs to recover
Long-term unemployment has reached a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, according to new figures.
With 915,000 people out of work for more than a year, an increase of 32,000, this was the highest level since 1996, the Office for National Statistics said.
Just over 460,000 people have been unemployed for more than two years, the highest figure since 1997.