Supporting people into good jobs is vital for our long-term economic growth, but too many people are held back due to difficulties with finding employment.
That is why the Conservative Government is unveiling their new Back to Work Plan as part of a wider package of measures in the Autumn Statement, supporting people to stay healthy, get off benefits and move into work.
The Conservative Government are taking the long-term decisions to introduce the next generation of welfare reforms, creating a fairer system and helping more people to start, stay and succeed in the workplace, giving them the security of a stable income and growing the economy.
Brendan Clarke-Smith has welcomed the Conservative Government’s new Back to Work Plan, helping people across Bassetlaw to stay healthy, get off benefits, and look for and stay in work.
Building on the ambitious £7 billion employment package announced earlier this year, the Chancellor will outline a new Back to Work Plan in his Autumn Statement, expanding employment support and reforming the ways that people with disabilities and health conditions interact with the state.
As part of the plan, four key programmes – NHS Talking Therapies, Individual Placement and Support, Restart and Universal Support – will be expanded, benefitting up to 1.1 million people over the next five years and supporting those with mental or physical health conditions into employment.
Alongside this, the WorkWell service announced at Spring Budget has been formally launched and will support almost 60,000 long-term sick and disabled people to start, stay and succeed in work across 15 areas in England.
Stricter benefit sanctions will also be enforced by the Department for Work and Pensions for people who are able to work but refuse to engage with their Jobcentre or take on work offered to them. Benefit claimants who continue to refuse to engage with the Jobcentre will face having their claim closed.
Further measures are also being explored, including trial reforms to the fit note process to make it easier and quicker for people to get specialised work and health support, with improved triaging and signposting.
The Back to Work Plan is part of wider package of measures to grow the economy announced in Autumn Statement today.
Getting more people into work and making sure that work pays remains a key priority for the Conservative Government, ensuring fairness and helping to grow the economy, manage inflation and boost living standards.
Commenting, Brendan Clarke-Smith said:
“Having a good job is essential for people across Bassetlaw. Not only does it improve living standards and boost our health and wellbeing, it also helps our local businesses – integral to the community- by giving them the workforce they need to grow.
“This is why I am delighted that the Conservative Government has set out their new Back to Work Plan, building on our proud track record of getting four million more people into work since 2010. The package of measures will help over a million people into work and give everyone the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“This Conservative Government is taking the long-term decision to help more people into work, ensuring that work always pays, boosting living standards, growing our economy and in turn tackling inflation.”
Commenting, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, said:
“We’re serious about growing our economy and that means we must address the rise in people who aren’t looking for work – especially because we know so many of them want to and with almost a million vacancies in the jobs market the opportunities are there.
“These changes mean there’s help and support for everyone – but for those who refuse it, there are consequences too. Anyone choosing to coast on the hard work of taxpayers will lose their benefits.”
Commenting, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride, said:
“We are rolling out the next generation of welfare reforms to help more people start, stay and succeed in work. We know the positive impact work can have, not just on our finances, but our health and wellbeing too.
“So we are expanding the voluntary support for people with health conditions and disabilities, including our flagship Universal Support programme.
“But our message is clear: if you are fit, if you refuse to work, if you are taking taxpayers for a ride – we will take your benefits away.”