Millions of individuals not working is ‘unacceptable’ says Labour | EUROtoday

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Rising ranges of worklessness are “unacceptable” and require “immediate action”, the brand new Labour authorities’s jobs minister has mentioned.

Liz Kendall is proposing a number of measures together with a brand new nationwide jobs and careers service to deal with document youth unemployment and rising numbers of these out of labor because of long-term illness.

On her first ministerial tour as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Ms Kendall may even announce a extra localised strategy to upskill these out of labor and deal with the foundation causes of unemployment.

But the Conservative celebration mentioned the federal government should “wake up” to the “huge cost” the reforms will price the taxpayer.

“Unless motion is taken, the working-age welfare invoice will rise by greater than £20bn a yr by the top of the last decade,” a Conservative party spokesperson said.

Ms Kendall’s proposals include merging the National Careers Service and the Jobcentre Plus, in an effort to get more people into work and support people to find better paid jobs.

Currently, the National Careers Service, which focuses on careers advice, is run by the Department of Education, while Jobcentre Plus, focused on welfare applications, is run by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Labour is also promising:

  • New work, health and skills plans for “economically inactive” people who are not looking for work or available to work. These would be led by local mayors and councils.
  • A “youth assure” for everyone aged 18-21 which will see more opportunities for training, an apprenticeship or help to find work offered to all in this age category.

It said the guarantee would help “to stop younger individuals turning into excluded from the world of labor at a younger age”.

According to the Office for National Statistics, about a quarter of people of working-age – nearly 11 million people – do not currently have jobs.

About 1.5 million are classed as unemployed, meaning they are unable to find a job.

The rest are considered to be economically inactive, with the number in this category rising as more people take early retirement, face sickness, or cannot afford childcare.

“Economic inactivity is holding Britain again,” Ms Kendall said. “It’s not good enough that the UK is the only G7 country with employment not back to pre-pandemic levels”.

The Recruitment and Employment Federation, which represents the recruitment sector, mentioned the brand new authorities’s “early start” on decreasing joblessness was “vital”.

“The rewards are tantalising for the government if it can harness the personal choices individuals make in needing and wanting flexible work opportunities,” mentioned the REC’s deputy chief government, Kate Shoesmith.

Disability equality charity Scope praised the federal government’s “positive vision” however mentioned it ought to reassure disabled people who find themselves unable to work “that they won’t be forced into unsuitable jobs, or have vital financial support taken away”.

In May, Labour criticised former prime minister Rishi Sunak after he mentioned that claiming advantages had turn into a “lifestyle choice” and that he would deal with a tradition of “sick notes”.

On Thursday, the Conservatives mentioned Labour had “refused” to match its measures to avoid wasting billions of kilos from the welfare invoice by the top of the following parliament.