Category Archives: Welfare

Report examines Veterans Benefit Administration claims processing

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released the report, VA disability claims processing : preliminary observations on accuracy rates and quality assurance activities (PDF 220kb). The report, “discusses initial observations from its ongoing review of VBA’s quality assurance … Continue reading

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New Zealand Parliamentary Library releases paper on homelessness

The New Zealand Parliamentary Library have published the research paper, Homelessness in New Zealand (PDF 470kb). “The paper examines homelessness in New Zealand, particularly those livingwithout shelter and temporary accomodation given thst can experience health problems. The paper first provides … Continue reading

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DWP releases report on work capability assessment

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in the United Kingdom has published the report, Evidence based review of the Work Capability Assessment : a study of assessments for employment and support allowance (PDF 2.2mb). “The Evidence Based Review of … Continue reading

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Paper examines use of Social Impact Bonds in continental Europe

The paper, Establishing social impact bonds in continental Europe (PDF 1.7mb) authored by Thomas Dermine and published by Harvard University, aims to, “investigate potential hurdles and practical solutions to leverage the Social Impact Bond model to provide quality social services … Continue reading

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UK NAO releases report on The Work Programme

The National Audit Office (NAO) in the United Kingdom has issued the report, The Work Programme (PDF 470kb). The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for The Work Programme, “the government’s scheme to help long-term unemployed people to find … Continue reading

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Article discusses importance of tackling digital exclusion

The Guardian article, Digital exclusion is a modern social evil we can abolish, discusses the importance of empowering the 20% of the UK population who do not have basic internet skills.

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New paper examines economic vulnerability in Australia

The paper, Economic vulnerability in Australia, 2002-2012 : an employment perspective (PDF 500kb) has been released. “The paper, focuses on one aspect of disadvantage in regions, namely, economic vulnerability, using a series of simple indicators of labour market change over a … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee publishes report on benefit sanctions

The Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee have released a report entitled, Interim report on the new benefits sanctions regime : tough love or tough luck? (PDF 1.1mb). The report,”examines the impact of sanctions on Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance … Continue reading

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Queensland government releases social investment framework and highlights report

The Queensland government has released a Social Services Investment Framework (PDF 860kb). “The Social Services Investment Framework sets out the principles for why and how Government will invest in social services. It provides the foundation of a program of reform … Continue reading

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Scottish Expert Working Group on Welfare releases second report

The Expert Working Group on Welfare in Scotland has released its second report, Rethinking welfare : fair, personal and simple (PDF 1.7mb). The report which contains a number of recommendations from the working group who were to,  “consider the principles … Continue reading

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