Compression of morbidity,

That’s what we’ve got now, apparently. In England and in Wales, the period 2005-07 to 2008-10 broadly reflected a period of compression of morbidity, with people spending longer periods of their longer lives in very good or good health and free from a limiting persistent illness or disability. All this according to the Statistical Bulletin from ONS: Health Expectancies at birth and at age 65 in the United Kingdom, 2008–2010

  • In the UK, males and females can expect to spend more than 80 per cent of their lives in very good or good general health from birth, falling to around 57 per cent at age 65.
  • Males and females in England can expect to spend the longest periods in very good or good general health and free from a limiting persistent illness or disability. The shortest periods are in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • The proportion of life spent in very good or good general health is increasing in England and Wales but, on the whole, falling in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Males are spending a greater proportion of their lives in favourable health compared with females. However, in recent years this gap has narrowed as the health of females has improved more rapidly than for males.


New measures to help SMEs take on apprentices

Government response to the Holt Review

New measures announced today will see the Government:

  • Work with the people that SMEs look to for advice, including lawyers and accountants, to promote apprenticeships to their SME customers
  • Enable SMEs to get their apprentices the training they need, by providing better information on availability and investigating how to give them a greater say in developing the skills they need
  • Improve the performance of providers of training to SMEs by agreeing standards and the consequences of not meeting them
  • Improve the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers by making it simpler and more accessible to more employers.

Making Apprenticeships More Accessible to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Jason Holt

Working and Workless Households

Working and Workless Households, 2012: ONS

Between April to June 2012:

  • The percentage of households where no adults work was 17.9 per cent, down 0.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • The percentage of households where all adults work was 53.0 per cent, down 0.3 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • The number of households in which no adult has ever worked was 340,000, down 22,000 from a year earlier.
  • There were around 1.75 million children living in workless households, down 60,000 from a year earlier.

The readiness of school leavers

Businesses uncertain about the readiness of school leavers for work: FSB

Actually, I can’t remember a time when businesses thought that school leavers were ready for the world of work. But most of the employers that I’ve talked to have been impressed with the quality of the apprentices that they’ve taken on so I’m not sure where the unimpressed employers are recruiting from

  • Two thirds of FSB members said that improving basic literacy and numeracy skills would better prepare young people for work in a small business
  • 77 per cent of survey respondents that employ 16 to 17-year-olds found that school leavers’ general business awareness was poor

Further falls in business volumes and values

Service Sector Survey: CBI

  • Previous expectations for stronger activity failed to materialise
  • Consumer Services and Business and Professional Services reported further falls in business volumes and values in the three months to August, against expectations that growth would turn positive
  • Optimism among Business and Professional Services about the business situation was also lower in the three months to August  than it was three months ago
  • Over the next three months, business volumes are expected to continue falling and business values are expected to be broadly flat