Housing lags in WA’s strong economy

By Paul Hemsley The latest quarterly State of the States economic report from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s securities arm, CommSec has found that Western Australia has the strongest state economy but still lags in residential development. The previous State of the States report from CommSec in October 2012 found that New South Wales and […]

Yarra pays unemployed to clean streets

By Paul Hemsley The City of Yarra has activated an ambitious project to tackle long-term unemployment and social disadvantage by replacing private cleaning contractors with labour sourced from high-rise public housing residents. A partnership between council and social welfare activists the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, the project has created traineeships for public housing tenants and […]

Penrith City Council boosts jobs

The program includes opportunities in business administration, sport and recreation, information technology, childcare and hospitality.   Traineeships were open to all ages and abilities and about 438 people applied for the 45 traineeships on offer in 2011.   Specific traineeships were also available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability.   In […]

Budget must include assistance to unemployed: ACOSS

Unemployed Australians must not be forgotten in tonight's Budget, the community services and welfare sector has said. As Treasurer Wayne Swan prepares to deliver the 2010/11 Budget, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) has urged the government to introduce a paid work experience scheme and increase unemployment payment rates. ACOSS chief executive officer, Clare Martin, said more […]

Queensland regions experiencing recession level unemployment

By Rob O’Brien The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has called for a ‘re-shuffling’ of the Federal Government’s stimulus after a report on regional unemployment. According to the Australian Development Strategies’ Regional Unemployment Index, 10 out of 14 Queensland regions were experiencing recession levels of unemployment growth in the 12 months to September. In Cairns alone 13.8 per […]

Recession’s ‘perfect storm’ sweeps UK council jobs

By Rob O’Brien The depth of the UK recession has been felt in local government with an estimated 670 council jobs lost in England over the last six months. Three in five councils have made staff reductions in the last six months and a similar proportion are planning to cut posts over the course of the next […]

Councils take key role to curb UK unemployment

By Rob O’Brien Local authorities have applauded the UK government’s plans to generate jobs through local government that will help prevent a ‘lost generation’ of young unemployed people. In response to last week’s budget, the Local Government Association (LGA) said it was encouraged that the government has listened to its requests for a council-led approach to […]

UK recession creating a ‘lost generation’

UK councils predict that a generation of young people will be lost to long-term unemployment. Photo: iStock. By Rob O’Brien The  recession is creating a "lost generation" of young people who may never escape the trap of long-term unemployment, UK local authority leaders believe. The Local Government Association (LGA) made the announcement following an investigation which found 38,000 people […]


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