Unemployment: Older Workers

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle unemployment among those over 50 years old; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We have announced plans for radical reforms of the welfare to work system and the implementation of the Work Programme. The Work Programme will be an integrated package of support providing personalised help for people who find themselves out of work regardless of the benefit they claim. This is being designed to meet the needs of jobseekers of all ages including people aged over 50.

We aim to have the new Work Programme in place nationally by the summer of 2011.

Alongside the core Work Programme we will introduce a series of support measures such as, help for business start ups, Work Clubs, and specialised pre-employment training and work placements.

Recognising the particular issues some older jobseekers face, we have produced good practice and support materials to help advisers and providers working with customers aged over 50 who are seeking work.

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