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Why Is It Necessary to Tackle Youth Unemployment? – City REDI Blog

Why Is It Necessary to Tackle Youth Unemployment? – City REDI Blog | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A high youth unemployment rate means that a large proportion of younger people seek work but find none. This can severely harm the present and the future of any city-region or even national economy. Why? First, it is a sign of resources not being used. Second, it reveals structural problems in the labour market, in the matching between those looking for employees and those looking for jobs. Finally, because unemployment happens at the beginning of a young person’s working history, it causes important individual and general effects of the depreciation of those resources in the long run.
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Ethnicity pay reporting: will the UK government now act? - Lexology

Ethnicity pay reporting: will the UK government now act? - Lexology | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd has led to widespread outrage and Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. Governments are facing pressure to remove societal injustice faced by BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people. Could this mean we will finally get clarity in the UK on ethnicity pay reporting?
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Youth employment rate down in last year, figures show

Youth employment rate down in last year, figures show | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The employment rate for people aged 16 to 24 in Scotland decreased in the last year, the latest figures show.

Using data from between April 2019 and March 2020, statistics from the Annual Population Survey show 54.8% of young people were in employment, compared to 58.3% the previous year.

The time period for the data only covers two weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, a factor the report’s authors said would have “little impact” on their findings.
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Runnymede Trust / The Colour of Money

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The Colour of Money: How racial inequalities obstruct a fair and resilient economy

Shocking levels of economic and racial inequality in Britain are revealed in The Colour of Money, a Runnymede report released April 2020.

For example, Black African and Bangladeshi households have 10 times less wealth than White British people.
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Advice for freelance journalists in the age of Covid-19

Advice for freelance journalists in the age of Covid-19 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

May is traditionally seen as the month of merriment.

For journalists who were furloughed or made redundant it gave the sector a daily drip-feed of depressing industry news. BuzzFeed News, Quartz and Vice announced job losses and the axe will surely fall again as summer arrives.
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The Uneven Spatial Footprint of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shutdown – City REDI Blog

The Uneven Spatial Footprint of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shutdown – City REDI Blog | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we begin to realise the potential economic impact from the oncoming recession. The Office for National Statistics has moved with unprecedented speed to gather data on the challenges faced in labour markets and businesses. Wave 2 of the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey finds that 25% of businesses have shut down, 30% have reduced hours and/or jobs and 47% reported lower than normal turnover. Similarly, there is a continuous flow of information on self-employment from the Annual Population Survey as one of the most vulnerable business groups.
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Coronavirus: A lockdown exit strategy to save the economy

Coronavirus: A lockdown exit strategy to save the economy | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Releasing people aged 20-30 years-old who no longer live with their parents could provide the first step out of lockdown in the UK, researchers suggest.

The strategy could help policymakers to balance the health risks associated with COVID-19 and the need to avoid an “extraordinary recession”.

The UK is currently locked down in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease and prevent the UK’s National Health Service being overwhelmed by a surge in cases, with no clear exit strategy.
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Young people could be let out of coronavirus lockdown first, experts say –

Young people could be let out of coronavirus lockdown first, experts say – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
YOUNG people could be let out of coronavirus lockdown first, experts say.

Britain is currently in its third week of lockdown, with the Government saying today the country is not yet "at the stage" where it could be lifted.
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Coronavirus: Academics says 'releasing' 20 to 30-year-olds is best way out of lockdown

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Releasing 20 to 30-year-olds who no longer live with their parents could provide an exit from Britain’s coronavirus lockdown, ministers have been told.

The strategy could help policymakers to balance the health risks associated with the virus and the need to avoid an “extraordinary recession”.
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Coronavirus UK: Releasing young adults may ease recession | Daily

Coronavirus UK: Releasing young adults may ease recession | Daily | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Researchers have suggested that there is 'no clear exit strategy' at present to show how the United Kingdom might eventually leave the current lockdown.
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The Brummies who were already working from home when government imposed coronavirus lockdown - Birmingham Live

The Brummies who were already working from home when government imposed coronavirus lockdown - Birmingham Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
With the country ordered to stay home, more people are operating from a home office - but who was already set up?

In 2019, just one in 20 employees in the UK was working from home - 1.7 million out of 32.6 million workers, according to Office for National Statistics figures.
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‘It’s going to be daunting’: UK mulls allowing more people to contract virus

‘It’s going to be daunting’: UK mulls allowing more people to contract virus | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
“Herd immunity”. In the absence of therapeutic treatments or a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, it suggests that there’s safety in numbers. Physicians say the reality is far more complex.

Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, said herd immunity is an option the government is exploring in its effort to grapple with the coronavirus-borne illness Covid-19. The aim would be to allow immunity to build up among members of the population who are least at risk of dying from Covid-19.

“What we don’t want is everybody to end up getting it in a short period of time so we swamp and overwhelm [National Health Service] services,” he told BBC Radio 4 on Friday. “Our aim is to try and reduce the peak, broaden the peak, not suppress it completely.”
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Number of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual at UK high | Sexuality | The Guardian

Number of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual at UK high | Sexuality | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) in the UK has increased by more than a third in four years, figures show.

Data taken from the annual population survey (APS), which collects information on self-perceived sexual identity from people aged 16 and over, found that the number had increased from 1.6% in 2014 to 2.2% in 2018.
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A call for action on centring black voices in the workplace

Well-intentioned colleague: ‘Hi Aghogho, Hope you’re well?’
Me: *a short pause* ‘Hey, actually no…not well considering the racial injustice in the world’
Accurate depictions of my emotions over the past two weeks would certainly include words like, ‘traumatized’, ‘triggered’ and ‘distressed’. An unexpectedly, overwhelming rapid roller-coaster through the Kübler-Ross Model of Grief.
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Eleven charts that show extent of racial inequality in the UK

Eleven charts that show extent of racial inequality in the UK | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Widespread Black Lives Matter protests and calls for greater racial equality have prompted Boris Johnson to launch a cross-government inquiry into systemic racism in the UK.

The Prime Minister said the commission aims to examine “all aspects of inequality ⁠— in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life.”
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Financial inequality: the ethnicity gap in pay, wealth and property | Money | The Guardian

Financial inequality: the ethnicity gap in pay, wealth and property | Money | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Selina Flavius is one of a growing number of women in Britain who are talking about money – but as a black woman she faces two challenges. “We experience gender equality and the gender pay gap, which is more spoken about,” she says. “But there’s also the ethnicity pay gap.”

The 38-year-old founded the website Black Girl Finance last year to help others like her. “Some of it was societal and some of it was personal. I wanted to create a safe space where we could focus on our finances,” she says.
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Dear UK Construction Industry – if you’re not directly addressing race/ethnicity in your mission to recruit more women – you’re failing. –

Dear UK Construction Industry – if you’re not directly addressing race/ethnicity in your mission to recruit more women – you’re failing. – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
I recently listened to “Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men” by Caroline Criado Perez, where at the very beginning of the book she discusses how the word “men” is universally used regardless of gender.

Working in construction, I’m used to this. The industry’s jargon is littered with “man hours” or “men at work” signs, so I initially rolled my eyes and didn’t see it as much of a problem – after all it’s always justified as “man” is short for “human” – so it includes everyone, right?

If you saw a “women at work” sign, you might think it was uncomfortable, or too in your face? However, in a world where a “women at work” sign was present, do you think I would’ve ever turned up to a site that didn’t have any female fitting PPE?
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Lifting the Lockdown: Should Young Adults be the First Ones Out?

Lifting the Lockdown: Should Young Adults be the First Ones Out? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Releasing people aged 20-30 years-old who no longer live with their parents could provide the first step out of lockdown in the UK, researchers suggest.
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Special report: Why is the coronavirus infection rate so high in St Helens?

Special report: Why is the coronavirus infection rate so high in St Helens? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
IT is now around a month since Boris Johnson announced a series of stringent measures that have transformed our way of life.

On Thursday we were told by foreign secretary Dominic Raab that the UK would remain in lockdown for “at least” another three weeks.
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London’s Poverty Profile, Poverty Data

London’s Poverty Profile, Poverty Data | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
London’s Poverty Profile provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London. It shines a light on these issues to prompt action from local and national government, the third sector, faith groups, practitioners, experts, businesses, the public and indeed anyone who cares about making London a fairer city to live in.

Despite living in a global city with a level of economic performance to be proud of, many Londoners struggle to make ends meet, secure good quality affordable housing, or tie down the decent work they need to lift themselves above the poverty line. As a result, poverty is higher in London than in any other region or country in the UK. Across a wide range of indicators, there is a gulf in outcomes between Londoners on low incomes and those who are better off, both in the capital and across the rest of the UK.
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Factories and the young must be first in phased return to work –

Factories and the young must be first in phased return to work – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
So, we’re only just over half way through the enforced shutdown and, who knows, it could go on beyond the new end date of 7 May. I suspect we’re in this for longer than the authorities are letting on, but by giving us a shorter deadline there is less chance of stirring panic.

Even so, businesses already close to the precipice will get more agitated, particularly as there is no guarantee they will see any of the financial support on offer much before June.
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I've advised the government to release people in their twenties from lockdown. This is why

I've advised the government to release people in their twenties from lockdown. This is why | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The decision to lock down the UK to slow the spread of Covid-19 was undoubtedly the right one to save lives in the short term. However, this strategy carries an enormous cost.

Rishi Sunak‘s Job Retention Scheme to pay the wages of furloughed staff for three months could now cost up to £40bn – and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Thousands of East Dunbartonshire’s self-employed workers waiting for government support | Kirkintilloch Herald

Thousands of East Dunbartonshire’s self-employed workers waiting for government support | Kirkintilloch Herald | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Treasury is “determined to find a way to support” those who work for themselves.

But the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed has warned that any new measures “must leave no self-employed people behind”.
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Less than a third of work force ever had opportunity to work from home before outbreak | The Scotsman

Less than a third of work force ever had opportunity to work from home before outbreak | The Scotsman | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The ONS statistics found that of the 32.6 million in employment, around 1.7 million people reported working mainly from home, while around 8.7 million people said that they have worked from home: less than 30 per cent of the workforce.
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The business of gender equality: Female leadership has only risen by less than 3% since 2010 | Onrec

The business of gender equality: Female leadership has only risen by less than 3% since 2010 | Onrec | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th, we applaud the women breaking the glass ceiling in the world of business. But as we move into a new decade, how far have we come and how far do we still have to go?
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