Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp More informationThe consultation will run for 8 weeks until 21 July 2018. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Follow DWP on: England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is consulting on a new measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits to provide consistency over time.This follows a decision by the UK Statistics Authority to remove the National Statistics quality mark from the current Claimant Count statistics as they no longer provide a reliable measure of movements in the labour market.The Claimant Count is rising in areas where Universal Credit has rolled out because it is counting people in the ‘Searching for Work’ Universal Credit conditionality group. Some of these people would not previously have been included in the Claimant Count under Jobseeker’s Allowance.More consistent data will allow more meaningful comparisons over time so that the government can be held to account for its progress on supporting everyone who wants to work, to find a job.In a consultation launched today by Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma MP, the DWP is seeking views on 2 alternative options.Having a more accurate picture will help Local Authorities and Jobcentre Plus understand the needs in their communities.Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma said: I am delighted that we have record employment in the British economy, but it is also important that we have an accurate measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits so we can provide support to those wanting to move into work or to a better paid job. I urge all those with an interest in this area to take part in this consultation. Read the consultation on Proposals for a new statistical series to count unemployed claimants London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Contact Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975
Football fans are pretty used to Lionel Messi’s brilliance on the field by now.But every now and then, the Argentine does something that makes you watch in awe.Fans were given another taste of the “Messi Magic” on Tuesday night in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Leganes in La Liga.Youngster Ansu Fati had put the Catalans ahead just before the end of the first half.In the 67th minute, Messi picked up the ball in the centre circle and went on a run that would probably be mind-blowing had we not seen him do it hundreds of times before.His dummy helped him beat his first marker before he slipped the ball through the legs of the second.He then showed that he wasn’t all skill, displaying some strength as well, as he proceeded to hold both of them off.Messi darted past a couple more players before exchanging passes inside the box.He then went down under a challenge, prompting the referee to blow his whistle for a penalty, which the Barcelona star converted.Messi is now one goal away from 700 career goals but it’s quite amazing how many are moments of brilliance like this one.Take a look at the video below: The man is a freak. We’re all lucky to have been alive at the same time as him 🐐— Tom Stanwix (@tomstan9) June 17, 2020 The greatest— Robert (@Robert8oneill) June 17, 2020 Unreal play— Stu Reed (@SuperReedy1871) June 17, 2020 A second, closer look at Messi’s run2012 Messi is back. pic.twitter.com/aeoKsErpkR— Charlie (@ftblcharIie) June 17, 2020Reaction to the move has been massive with many people overwhelmed by the player’s skill.Here Messi come on all lives matter— scott mac (@scottmac10) June 17, 2020 Those people have families to go home to FFS 🤣— Bridgey (@Bridgey1982) June 17, 2020
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PHOENIX — The Dodgers won 195 games in Dave Roberts’ first two seasons as manager – the most for any manager since Earl Weaver started his Hall of Fame career by winning 217 games in his first two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1969-70).Roberts led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series in his first year, the World Series (the franchise’s first in 29 years) in his second year.And despite a season filled with stretches of underachievement and disappointment, another 90-win season, a postseason berth and potential return trips to the NLCS and World Series are all still in play as the Dodgers enter the final weekend of the regular season.So why doesn’t Dave Roberts have a contract for next season? The idea that Roberts does not have autonomy is “not accurate despite a couple guys asking it over and over,” Friedman said. But he hesitates to shoot it down because “any time you have to answer that question you come off as defensive – even when it’s not true.”“There’s definitely stuff that plays out that I would have done differently – just as I’m sure there’s stuff I do in my job that he would have done differently,” Friedman said. “But we have a good relationship, open lines of communication and talk through things.“For me and Farhan, who are so mired in personnel decisions, we’ll bounce things off of him and oftentimes he’ll have a thought that is real helpful because of how mired we are. And conversely, he’ll talk to us about some things that are going on with lineups or pecking order of bullpen guys and we’ll have thoughts that are helpful because we’re not as mired in it.“I think that’s how a healthy, strong organization operates. I feel strongly that’s the dynamic in play. And that is the dynamic in play.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “We have a really good working relationship,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I think both sides expect to work together for a long time. We’ve had conversations and I think it’s one of those things where all of our focus is on winning a championship and picking that up when we get to the offseason.“I think because the relationship is so strong and the communication – I get it being a question. But it’s not really a concern for any of us because of the relationship in place.”Roberts acknowledged that there were some contract discussions early in the season but “right now it’s just best to focus on winning baseball games” and his ‘lame-duck’ status does not weigh on his mind.“I think we’ve done a really good job here in the past three years,” Roberts said. “I love it here. I love everything about it. I’m hopeful something will get done. The truth of the matter is there’s an option on me for next year. It’s not my choice anyway.”The contract Roberts signed with the Dodgers in November 2015 was for three years with a club option for the 2019 season. Friedman declined to answer when asked why the Dodgers haven’t simply exercised that option already. The fact that he and Roberts say there were “conversations” about his contract earlier this year implies the Dodgers would like to sign Roberts to a multi-year extension. Friedman declined to confirm that.If the Dodgers do want Roberts, the 2016 NL Manager of the Year, to remain manager for 2019 and beyond, the question might be how much value they place on a manager.Financial terms of manager’s contracts are not released. But Roberts is believed to be making $1 million in the third year of his contract, a salary that places him in the bottom third of MLB managers – in company with rookie managers like Mickey Callaway (Mets), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Gabe Kapler (Phillies) and a long way from the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon, who are believed to be making $6 million as the highest-salaried managers in baseball.Of the 12 managers who are making $1 million or less this season (including interim managers), only three have led a team into the playoffs – Jeff Banister in Texas (fired last week), Torey Lovullo in Arizona and Roberts. Only Roberts has a postseason series win on his resume.Roberts’ World Series counterpart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, entered 2018 in the same situation. His contract was set to expire following this season and the club held an option for 2019. He received a multi-year extension last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.“This season has played out in a little bit of a strange way,” Friedman said when asked to evaluate Roberts’ job performance this season. “But through it all, Doc has been incredibly positive and steady at the helm.”He has also accepted the new job description for his position – one that requires the manager to accept constant input and direction from the front office and serve as a conduit for the information generated by that front office to reach the players.Perhaps most difficult, the new job dynamic also requires the manager to be the public face of decisions that aren’t always completely his – particularly for Roberts whose pre- and post-game press availability is televised fare while decision-makers like Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi are only occasionally visible. That dynamic has also created a public perception of managers like Roberts as merely button-pushers, more middle manager than classic baseball manager.“It’s not the truth at all. I don’t know where this narrative came from,” Roberts said of the notion that the front office dictates lineup and in-game decisions. “If you had that, then you have no credibility in the clubhouse. Our guys are smart enough to understand that.“Are there things we discuss? Absolutely. I welcome it. I ask for help. I don’t have all the answers nor do the coaches. So if you can have somebody look at it from a different lens, I think that’s helpful and healthy. But ultimately, I make the decisions and that’s the way it should be.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco
Real hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg and PSG’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals will be greatly reduced without their star forward.Zidane, however, said on Monday: “I’m not happy with the Neymar injury and I hope he can be back for the game. I will never want a rival player to be out injured.”The European champions have two La Liga fixtures to negotiate before their crunch meeting with PSG, starting with a trip to Espanyol on Tuesday. They then host Getafe on Saturday.One player hoping to cement his starting spot against PSG will be Gareth Bale, who scored and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Alaves.“That is what we want, we want to see a 100 percent Gareth,” Zidane said.“The other day he had a great game and scored a goal. The most important thing was his participation in the game and he did very well.”Marcelo and Luka Modric are both out with thigh injuries while Toni Kroos is nursing a knee problem.Zidane declared himself “optimistic”, however, that the trio will recover in time to face PSG but added that an evaluation will be made on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar on the ground next to Zinedine Zidane during the Champions League last 16, first leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 26 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he takes no satisfaction from the injury that threatens to rule Neymar out of next week’s Champions League last 16, second leg between the Spanish club and Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar hurt his ankle and had to be carried off on a stretcher during PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday. He now faces a fight to be ready for the last 16 clash at Parc des Princes in eight days’ time.