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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced

Communities that Work, together with our colleagues across the employment, skills and housing sectors, welcomes the recent speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer setting out a ‘Plan for Jobs’.  In this speech on 8 July Rishi Sunak outlined how the Government’s focus on jobs will shift from retention to creation and opportunity.

In an Open Letter to the Prime Minister on 14 June, leaders from the three taskforces – Housing & Employment, Youth Employment & Employment & Skills – called for commitment from the Government to enable our communities to get back into work.  The call for the Government to provide an #OpportunityGuarantee was backed by over 250 leaders from the public, charitable and private sectors and by Mayors and Parliamentarians. Thank you to everyone who lent their support.

The Opportunity Guarantee called for a focus on three key areas to ensure that everyone who is unemployed will have the help they need to get into work:

  1. Promote job creation by reducing the costs and barriers to employers hiring as well as investing in the jobs that we need for the future;
  2. Support people into work by doubling the capacity of services that help people access, and progress into, sustainable jobs, with the greatest support being provided to those facing the greatest disadvantage;
  3. Secure high-quality opportunities for young people by ensuring that all have the choice of a place in education, an apprenticeship or traineeship, work experience or a job.

The Government has responded with a major support package announced by the Chancellor:

  1. Introducing incentives to employers to hire apprentices and create green jobs;
  2. Doubling the number of work coaches, increasing funding for the National Careers Service and releasing further funds via JCP’s Flexible Support Fund;
  3. Launching the ‘Kickstart Scheme’, a wage subsidy for 6-month work placements for 16-24 year olds. Extending the Youth Offer to 18-24 year olds and trebling participation in traineeships and sector-based work academies.

Also announced were sector specific measures aimed at retaining jobs in hospitality, tourism and construction. Funding was also pledged to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and for a pilot scheme in 2020-21 to decarbonise social housing.

The full response from Government is here.

It is our intention to ensure that the plans announced by the government are implemented effectively so that individuals, businesses, and communities join forces to rebuild the economy. The call for an Opportunity Guarantee brought together sectors working towards an inclusive recovery: employment support; housing, learning & skills; and youth employment. We will continue to work together on relevant issues.

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