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Most claimants denied benefit fail to find work

The Guardian, 21/01/2015, p.1 & 2, Frances Perraudin & Patrick Wintour

The coalition’s claims that it has presided over a jobs revival have come under fresh scrutiny. Research shows that as few as a fifth of the 2 million jobless people whose benefit has been taken away are known to have found work. The research, by academics at the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, suggests that hundreds of thousands are leaving jobseeker’s allowance because of benefit sanctions, without finding employment. The research is due to be presented at a Commons select committee into Welfare sanctions on Wednesday. Professor David Stuckler of Oxford University, one of the authors, said that benefit sanctions ‘do not appear to help people return to work. There is a real concern that sanctioned persons are disappearing from view. What we need next is a full cost-benefit analysis that looks not just narrowly at employment but possibly at hidden social costs of sanctions. If, as we’re finding, people are out of work but without support – disappeared from view – there’s a real danger that other services will absorb the costs, like the NHS, possibly jails and food support systems, to name a few. Sanctions could be costing taxpayers more.’ However, the Department for Work and Pensions countered that it was proud that 1 million jobless people were now subject to the ‘claimant commitment’, which sets out tougher requirements on the jobless to find work or risk losing their benefit payments.

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Also:

Analysis: The sanctions regime is tighter – and it’s hitting the vulnerable

The Guardian, 21/01/2015, p.2, Patrick Butler

Political commentary about how harsh the conditionality should be for job seekers receiving unemployment benefit.
Off benefits, but no job
The Times (In Brief), 21/01/2015, p.20
Numbers don’t add up
The Daily Mirror, 21/01/2015, p.27, Ros Wynne-Jones

In her regular column Ros Wynne-Jones highlights the new research into benefit sanctions.

Radio: The Morning News, LBC News 1152 AM
21/01/2015, 06:39

 

Migrants treble in a decade in hotspots 

Daily Express, 21/01/2015, p.5

The foreign-born population of some British towns has tripled in just 10 years, according to a report compiled using census figures by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. In Boston, Lincolnshire, immigrant numbers are up 389 percent, and foreigners now account for 15 percent of the residents – up from just three per cent a decade ago. In Merthyr Tydfil, the proportion of migrants rose from 1.4 per cent to 4.5 per cent. Hull, Wrexham and Aberdeen all saw the proportion of migrants in their populations more than double. It also found that the share of foreign-born people in the UK’s total population increased by more than 50 per cent between 1993 and 2013, making the population now 12.5 per cent foreign-born.

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Adaptability is key to a CEO’s success: Report

Economic Times (India), 21/01/2015

CEOs globally recognise the growing importance of being perceived as more approachable, engaged, and caring – in other words, more ‘human’ – according to a report based on global research by Heidrick & Struggles and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. The report, to be launched during the Davos Forum, is based on interviews with more than 150 CEOs from around the world and across business sectors.

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How the Collapse of Oil Hurts Poor Countries

Business Week (USA), 20/01/2015, Charles Kenny

Falling oil prices might sound like good news for poor countries, but the chances that low oil prices will spur a wave of democratic change in the developing world are slim at best. Article highlights research by Frederick van der Ploeg of the University of Oxford and Steven Poelhekke from De Nederlandsche Bank, which provides some evidence that the volatility of resource prices may have a small, indirect effect on long-term growth rates in countries, but weak institutions in those countries have a far more significant effect.

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Cutbacks will hit fight against climate change

Oxford Mail, p.23, 21/1/2015

Letters: Tom Hayes, City Councillor for St Clement’s writes: ‘Late last month, Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and the Low Carbon Hub gave us an early Christmas present. An impressive report on the future of the county’s low carbon economy forecast that decisive political leadership in the fight against climate change could add 85,000 jobs to our economy before 2030. Last week, Oxfordshire County Council proposed to axe all funding for award-winning county environmental groups. Cutting back destroys the county council’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2030. Throwing in the towel encourages other councils to shrug their shoulders at the climate crisis…But, given how poorly Oxfordshire County Council generally treats environmental issues – in contrast with the ambitious work of the city council – this funding cut will effectively eliminate countywide political leadership on climate change… As scientist Carl Sagan says, planet Earth may be a pale blue dot but it’s the only home we’ve ever known…Unless county councillors rethink this cut, we will sadly fall back in our effort to preserve our own little part of our pale dot.’

 

The Monty Python scenario that shows Britain is a constitutional mess

Financial Times, 21/01/2015, p.13, Paul Collier

Paul Collier, a professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, writes an opinion piece exploring the implications for the UK’s political system if the Scottish National Party were to end up in power in England but not in Scotland.

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World economy poised for oil price upswing, say Davos economists

Financial Times, 21/01/2015, p.9

Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development at Oxford University, spoke on the potential for a global economic upswing, ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford

20/01/2015, 09:09

Iain McLean, Professor of Politics at Oxford, discovers Simon de Montfort’s parliament, which first met on 20 January 1265.

 

Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford

20/01/2015, 09:18

Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, discusses Chinese attitudes to democracy.