Last week, I attended the Department for Work and Pensions Committee Evidence Session regarding the Plan for Jobs and Employment Support.
I used this opportunity to raise the suggestion of continuing support beyond the point of obtaining employment. I am keen for the government to learn from initiatives such as ‘Thrive into Work’, a scheme launched in the West Midlands which helps those with health issues find a job and continues to support them once in employment.
Additionally, I asked about the potential merits of employment support schemes being designed on a local scale. Devolving responsibility to a local level could help to address regional disparities that have existed in previous national schemes such as Kickstart, which was heavily weighted towards the South.
You can view the full exchange in the clip below: