Unemployment: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd July 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to introduce employment strategies in response to covid-19 related unemployment.

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

Holding answer received on 15 June 2020

DWP is continuing to work with other Government departments to monitor the evolving economic and labour market situation to identify the most effective ways to help people stay in or close to work both now and in the future.

DWP launched two new websites Job Help and Employer Help to provide guidance and advice, including support on identifying transferrable skills and useful inks to promote other gov.uk provision, such as, the DWP Find a Job site, the National Careers Service and the new Department for Education online skills training initiative, the Skills Toolkit, which launched on 28 April.

The Ministry for Housing, communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have held meetings of the Economic Recovery Working Group and Regional Stocktake meetings, which DWP have been involved in. This brings together Mayors, LEP’s and other key local growth partners, to discuss emerging themes and concerns across the country. MHCLG officials are also working directly with a range of local growth partners to monitor on-going activity at all levels to inform the national response.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have also held 5 business-focused groups to ensure that we are continuing to bring the business voice into decision on economic recovery, which DWP have participated in.

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