Tuesday 27 September 2016

New Coalition plan for long-term unemployed

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

‘Pathways to Work 2016-2020’ is aimed at helping those on the Live Register into work, training or education
‘Pathways to Work 2016-2020’ is aimed at helping those on the Live Register into work, training or education

The Coalition will today launch its plan to get 50,000 long-term unemployed back to work.

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‘Pathways to Work 2016-2020’ is aimed at helping those on the Live Register into work, training or education.

Since the previous plan was launched in 2012, unemployment is down from 15.1pc to 8.8pc now.

The plan will also aim to continue with reforms to make work pay, and increase engagement with employers to provide greater opportunities for those seeking work.

There will also be an enhanced focus on the long-term unemployed, recognising that they need particular assistance, even amidst a strong jobs recovery.

A target to get the workforce to 2.2 million by 2020 will be set.

The plan will have six strands and more than 80 individual actions, including:

■ increasing the frequency of case officer meetings with jobseekers;

■ extending the activation approach to other people – such as lone parents, carers and people with disabilities – who have a capability and an interest in working;

■ significantly expanding apprenticeships;

■ a new First Steps work experience and training programme for disadvantaged young people;

■ improving the welfare services available online.

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