State election platforms and campaign statements 2014 – VCOSS

VICTORIA WITHOUT POVERTY – Community Sector Viewpoints

Victorian community sector organisations have produced state election policies platforms and campaign statement identifying the critical social policy issues in the state. We’ve gathered them here.

SOURCE: “State election platforms and campaign statements 2014″, VCOSS, November 2014

Link to website

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More jobs, better jobs: baseline study – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The More jobs, better jobs partnership between JRF, Leeds City Council and Leeds City Region looks at how poverty can be reduced through jobs and economic growth.

This research records a number of indicators so the progress of the partnership can be measured.

The study:

Brings together existing data on trends across key economic, . . . → Read More: More jobs, better jobs: baseline study – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Report finds 130 a day disconnected from electricity in NSW – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

Media Release

Urgent action is needed on electricity prices following the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) shocking revelation that almost 33,000 NSW households were disconnected from electricity in 2013/14, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

The AER’s report into the performance of the retail energy market, released yesterday, . . . → Read More: Report finds 130 a day disconnected from electricity in NSW – Consumers’ Federation of Australia

High transport costs are stopping young people getting qualifications, argues the Association of Colleges – Intergenerational Foundation

David Kingman reports on the recent call from the Association of Colleges for the government to do more about young peoples’ transport costs, a problem which has significant intergenerational overtones

Increasing numbers of young people are struggling to access post-16 education and apprenticeships because of high transport costs, according to the Association of Colleges. They . . . → Read More: High transport costs are stopping young people getting qualifications, argues the Association of Colleges – Intergenerational Foundation

Improved Bargaining Processes A Win For Employment – ACCI

Media Release

Statement by Kate Carnell AO, CEOACCI welcomes the latest workplace relations Bill introduced into the House of Representatives today that will improve the bargaining process for workplace agreements.The Bill proposes sensible and warranted reforms, including the requirement for there to have been genuine discussions before industrial action can occur and a prohibition on . . . → Read More: Improved Bargaining Processes A Win For Employment – ACCI

Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Energy Costs – VCOSS

Living costs always figure prominently in election debates and cover a wide range of issues from municipal rates to education costs. The most common issue currently bringing people to financial counsellors or emergency relief services, however, is energy costs – so this is an important focus of VCOSS advocacy work on living costs and financial . . . → Read More: Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Energy Costs – VCOSS

Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Housing and Homelessness – VCOSS

Extract

Despite widespread concern about rising homelessness and rental stress in Victoria, neither the Coalition or ALP have made significant policy announcements on the issues of housing and homelessness. Earlier this year, VCOSS and six other peak bodies representing housing, homelessness and family violence produced a plan for affordable social housing called Making Social Housing . . . → Read More: Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Housing and Homelessness – VCOSS

Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Employment – VCOSS

Extract

With the unemployment rate rising in Victoria, jobs and skills development have been prominent in the 2014 state election campaign. Both the Coalition and the ALP have released plans to create employment. The Coalition released their Jobs Plan, while the Labor Party released Back to Work.

During the election campaign, VCOSS also released Tackling . . . → Read More: Voting for a Victoria without poverty: Employment – VCOSS

Locus of Control and the Labor Market – Melbourne Institute Working Paper

ABSTRACT

This paper reviews the role of locus of control in the labor market. I begin with a discussion of the conceptual origins of locus of control, including its relationship to related concepts such as self-efficacy, motivation, and self-control. The relationship between locus of control and labor market success is then summarized. In doing so, . . . → Read More: Locus of Control and the Labor Market – Melbourne Institute Working Paper

Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Damian Carrington

A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society

The double whammy of global warming and a growing, ageing population will mean peoples’ exposure to deadly heatwaves . . . → Read More: Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change – The Guardian

Promoting youth employment through activation strategies – International Labour Organization

FOREWORD – Extract

Across the globe, young women and men are making an important contribution as productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, citizens, members of society and agents of change. All too often, the full potential of young people is not realized because they have no access to productive and decent jobs. Although they are an asset, . . . → Read More: Promoting youth employment through activation strategies – International Labour Organization

Employer leadership in skills and employment is vital to long term prosperity and growth – UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Media Release – Extract

A report looking into the UK skills system puts forward 5 recommendations for action, with employers leading the way.

Urgent action must be taken to improve skill levels and how they are developed in order to boost productivity, wages and social mobility, according to a report from the UK . . . → Read More: Employer leadership in skills and employment is vital to long term prosperity and growth – UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Anxiety hits women most about job loss in the family –

Media Release

Females are more anxious than men when someone in their family loses a job, found a University of Melbourne report that used interviews from 13,000 Australians.

Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, the report found that when a man loses his job, his partner’s mental health . . . → Read More: Anxiety hits women most about job loss in the family –

Rush to run job-search schemes – The Australian

Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas

MORE than 180 organisations and 1300 individual bidders have applied for more than 250 tenders for the new $5.1?billion federal job-search scheme.

The tender invited bids for five different services: employment providers (currently known as Jobs Services Australia); work-for-the-dole co-ordinators; the new enterprise incentive scheme; harvest labour . . . → Read More: Rush to run job-search schemes – The Australian

Caregiver distress in dementia in rural Victoria – AJoA

ABSTRACT Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the levels of stress, anxiety and depression of informal carers caring for someone with dementia in a rural setting.

Methods: Carers of people with dementia were recruited to complete a survey that incorporated the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) to measure carer emotional well-being. . . . → Read More: Caregiver distress in dementia in rural Victoria – AJoA

New issue: Journal of Gerontological Social Work – Taylor & Francis

Journal of Gerontological Social Work Volume 57, Issue 8, November-December 2014:

Table of Contents – Extract

Negative Feelings and Help Seeking Among Older Adults With Chronic Conditions / pages 810-824.

Older adults with chronic conditions are at greater risk of negative affect, though few studies have . . . → Read More: New issue: Journal of Gerontological Social Work – Taylor & Francis

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