Helping 50+ jobseekers back to work: lessons for the Work and Health Programme

Age UK
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Policy report which examines why the Government's 'Work Programme' for the long term unemployed and people with a disability has failed the over 50s. It builds on a previous 2013 Age UK report and research conducted by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion to examines the performance of the Government's Work Programme for the long-term unemployed among its participants aged 50 and over. The report looks at why older participants get worse outcomes and what should be done to address the problem; the impact of disability and health on the employment of older people; and regional variations in performance – by geographical area and among providers. It concludes by making recommendations for the Work and Health Programme in order to improve job outcomes for people aged 50 and over. These include early referral to the scheme for jobseekers within ten years of their State Pension age; specialist initiatives for the over 50s; improved opportunities to re- and up-skill; and for the DWP to build a job brokerage service into its employment support delivery. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, unemployment, government policy, disabilities, long term conditions, intervention, outcomes;
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United Kingdom
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