Government announces £2.9billion funding aimed to get long-term unemployed into work | UK | News (Reports)


The Restart scheme will provide people who have been jobless for 12 months with intensive help. The action to prevent a jobs disaster comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to avoid raising taxes and killing off growth as concern mounts about the impact of lockdowns on the country’s youngest workers.

Employment minister Mims Davies said: “Whether it’s training for a new role in construction, growing the confidence needed to nail a major interview or earning the qualifications to become an IT whizz, Restart will give jobseekers out of work for over a year the vital support they need.

“But the bulldog spirit of our workers is a hallmark of the UK’s economy. We’ll continue to help get Britain back into work as we build back better and stronger.”

Last week’s spending review painted a bleak picture of the economy, while a report from the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics found people under 35 are twice as likely to have been furloughed or lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

The report says more than 300,000 young people have been made unemployed in the last three months, with more than a million jobs considered at risk.


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