Job Guarantee for Long Term Unemployed

Job Guarantee – UK’s experience with Work Programme,

The Taxpayers Alliance proposal on ‘Work for the Dole’ and report on Work Programmes. To tackle the living standards crisis and bring down the social security bill, we need to get the long-term unemployed back to work.  And, as the Taxpayers’ Alliance report points out, the government’s Work Programme has not delivered.

Introduced in June 2011, it is designed to tackle long term unemployment, but long term unemployment has continued to rise. It is now at the highest level since 1996. The programme made a faltering start, and data on its first two years were published in the summer. It missed all three of the minimum performance standards set for it.

jobcentreplusUKLabour is committed to introducing a Jobs Guarantee, funded by a bankers’ bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes.  Job Guarantee provides a choice of job offers to two groups of people:

•18-24 year olds who have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for a year; 28,000 people were in this position at the time of the General Election – now, over 70,000 are;

•Over 25s who have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for over two years; there were some 40,000 people in this position at the election; now its 180,000, and the figure has almost doubled in the past year.

Read More by The Rt Hon Stephen Timms, Shadow Employment Minister, UK, 6 September 2013, Huff Post UK

Job creation, Job Gurantees and wage incentives will be discussed at an upcoming Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014

18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise

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