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Long Term Unemployed People

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help the long-term unemployed find work.

Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has in place to help the long-term unemployed back into the workplace.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This Government is committed to providing targeted support for people, regardless of the length of time they have been unemployed, so that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work.

In both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, the Work and Health Programme uses the expertise of private, public and voluntary and community sector providers to deliver sustained employment for disabled people, certain priority groups and the long term unemployed (more than 2 years).

For claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Additional Employability Support provides additional time for claimants who are long term unemployed – 18 months or longer – with their Work Coach to tackle barriers to work: it also includes targeted group sessions; case conferencing with a work psychologist; mock interviews and job application support; and a rigorous skills assessment.

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