Guaranteed extra help for people unemployed for six months
New package of intensive support plus access to "Employers' Golden Hellos", new training places and cash to start-up your own business
Jobseekers who find themselves unemployed for more than six months will be guaranteed more support, so they can get back into work, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions told an Employment Summit led by the Prime Minister today.
The proposals, which will see £5bn invested by DWP and DIUS over two years, will be funded by hundreds of millions pounds of new money released by the Treasury and targeted at those who have been out of the job market for six months or more.
As well as extra funds for Jobcentre Plus to provide every job seeker who has been out of work for six months more intensive and personalised support, the package will include giving individuals access to:
* "Employers' Golden Hellos": incentives of up to £2500 paid to employers to recruit and train unemployed people
* New training places: extra funding for training places to help unemployed people get new skills to maximise their chances of getting jobs from the 500,000 vacancies in the economy
* Work-focused volunteering options: opportunities to volunteer to help people back into work habits
* Help to set up a business - advice on creating a business plan, plus funding for the first months of trading
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said:
"We will do everything we can to prevent the global recession turning into a global depression; prevent short term unemployment turning into long term unemployment; and to prevent losing your job meaning losing your home.
"That's why we say 'invest not cut'. And that doing nothing doesn't help. It hurts more today, and worse still, it harms us for the future. For we say - invest to extend real help now to those who lose their jobs. And my message is simple: we won't give up on you; but in turn you must not give up on work, on skills, and on training."
This extra support is in addition to the ?1.3 billion already being invested so that anyone who loses their job can access help and support on the first day they become unemployed and make a claim.
Speaking to employers at the Summit, James Purnell said:
"Today we have unveiled the next stage of help for jobseekers. There are still over half a million jobs available, and employers are still recruiting - we will do everything we can to get people into those jobs.
"The half a billion pounds announced today will be used to guarantee extra support to everyone who reaches six months unemployment - we are determined to provide real help to people in these tough times.
Our message is simple, the longer a person is out of work the harder we will work for them."
Skills Secretary John Denham said:
"It is vital that we have a system that helps people quickly back into sustainable employment and keeps to a minimum the time people spend out of work.
"But we need also to set our sights higher, making the return to work the stepping stone to a more skilled future, and that is why improving access to training a key part of our plans outlined today."
Notes to Editors:
The Employment Summit is being held on Monday 12 January 2009 at the Science Museum. Delegates include the UK's top employers from across the country.
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