Press release: Government launches consultation on Claimant Count

first_img Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office Twitter – Facebook – LinkedIn – YouTube – 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 975last_img read more

High pharma exposure depresses Alecta’s returns in first half

first_imgSweden’s biggest pension fund has expressed disappointment at its own investment returns for the first half of this year after its allocation to pharmaceutical equities dragged on performance.In its interim report for the first half of 2018, Alecta, which manages private sector occupational schemes, emphasised its higher longer-term performance.The pension fund’s defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) schemes returned 2.1% and 1.7% respectively in the January-to-June period, down from 5.8% and 4% in the same period last year.Magnus Billing, the firm’s chief executive, said: “Given Alecta’s very long-term business the key figures for the latest five-year period are the most interesting, and for those we did somewhat better than the Swedish and international benchmark we measure ourselves against.” However, he added: “We have higher expectations for ourselves than what we actually delivered in terms of return in the first half.” Magnus Billing, Alecta CEOThe DC product Alecta Optimal Pension returned an average 10.2% a year over the last five years, down from 12.1% at the end of June 2017. The DB scheme made a 7.8% return over the period, down from 8.8% when measured at the same point last year, according to the interim report.The pension fund explained that, in the first half of this year, it had a high allocation to pharmaceutical stocks, which had not developed as positively as other sectors. Its underweight position in oil-related shares compared to the benchmark index had also had a negative impact on performance.Group total assets rose to SEK260.6bn (€25.4bn) at the end of June from SEK255.8bn at the end of December.Billing hailed his firm’s success in the recent bidding process through Collectum, the administrator of Sweden’s supplementary private-sector occupational pension (ITP), which saw Alecta winning new five-year contracts within the plan, including the renewal of its contract as default provider within traditional insurance.The procurement process led to Alecta reducing its fee further to 0.09% for ITP members, lowering the fee ceiling to SEK600 from SEK900 and strengthening the guarantee, Billing said.last_img read more

Antique cops to intensify drive vs ‘loose firearms’

first_imgEscobar added that of the 182firearms, 119 were surrendered loose firearms or had no licenses while thelicenses of 63 others had already expired.  Escobar said last year’s campaignreduced the index crime incidents in the province, citing 40 cases of murder,compared to 45 cases in 2018; and 19 theft cases, as against 31 cases in 2018.(With a report from PNA/PN) As part of their intensified campaign,Escobar said every police station in the 18 towns of the province would berequired to have a weekly accomplishment report on surrendered firearms. Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar, Deputy Director for Operations of the Antique Police Provincial Office, said the operation of the “Bahay Silangan” or rehabilitation center for “drug offenders” in the province will begin this month. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY With the revitalized campaign, policeofficers will again visit the homes of gun-owners who have expired gunlicenses, otherwise they will be penalized, he added. “Owners of firearms with expiredlicenses are encouraged to deposit it first at the police stations, pending therelease of their license renewal,” he said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincialpolice office here said it will boost its campaign against loose firearms thisyear. Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar,Deputy Director for Operations of the Antique Provincial Police Office, said atotal of 182 firearms were surrendered to various municipal police stations inthe province due to their campaign last year.  “If the gun-owners will not surrendertheir firearms, then the police will be forced to apply for a search warrant,”he added.  last_img read more

ESI London confirms dates, early bird tickets go on sale

first_imgWe are delighted to announce that ESI London is confirmed for September 18-20th and that tickets are now live.Following the dual successes of the ESI Forum Series in 2017, and the Esports Insider Super Forum at Stamford Bridge in March 2018, we are pleased to announce our next business focused event. ESI London is a three day esports business conference focused on building a bridge between expertise and interest while explaining the esports industry from the inside out from the 18th till the 20th September 2018 at Olympia London.A full day of esports focused workshops covering topics such as how to build a brand and make content just like an esport endemic, league, event and team operations, the importance of PR in esports, legal and compliance and much more will cover just day one.Day two will boast a comprehensive Betting on Esports track covering everything from data, to building a product for esports’ fans and the opportunity for casinos and betting providers.Here’s what’s happening:-September 18th – ESI Warm Up – Pre-registration, dinner and social September 19th – ESI Esports WorkshopsYou have the right to an attorney – Esports and the lawIt’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it – The Esports PR SymposiumBuilding a brand the esports wayTeam operationsLeague and event operations – The unsung heroesBuilding an esports org – Recruitment and talent sourcingSeptember 20th – Betting on Esports Conference Keynote: Case study of an esports betting partnershipBlockchain and betting; more than a buzzword?Casinos, it’s time to turn to video gamesBuilding the product esports fans wantData and the differences across esports titlesFocus On: The USAExhibition:The exhibition space will be open through the 19th to the close of play on the 20th and will feature over 15 exhibitors, networking areas, meeting rooms, tournaments and fun in the Interactive Zone, and rest assured plenty of refreshments, lunch and networking drinks.Networking:There’ll be networking events each evening on the 18th, 19th and 20th. This will be a combination of dinners, drinks, socials and, of course, an official closing party. All the parties are included in every ticketing option available. In case you thought the dates and London esports seemed familiar, you hit the nail on the head.  In fact, there’s no better time to be in the city for some esports action with FACEIT’s CS:GO Major, the nation’s first, set to get underway on the 20th, the day that our ESI London event comes to a close. As ever, we’ve ensured that the early birds will get the worm and there’s a sizable 33% discount for those who book now. This makes the pass, which gets you access to the full works across three days including networking parties each evening, a snip at just £315 (+VAT). Head here to secure yours. For sponsorship inquiries please reach out to [email protected]last_img read more

VIDEO: Athletes Flagged Off

first_imgA record team of athletes will represent Uganda at the world championships starting 5th august.Share on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Athletes Flagged OffKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | Twenty athletes including Seven female and thirteen males have been flagged off to London this morning by national council of sports general secretary Nicolas Muramagi at the NCS headquarters in lugogo.last_img