The economy and unemployment: so what is the government doing about it?
With the pressure of public sector unions to strike over pensions and the worst youth unemployment for decade fuelling a lost generation, what is the government doing to combat the onslaught of jobless figures and boost the recruitment sector?
PM David Cameron expressed “That’s why we have 360,000 apprenticeships starting this year, that’s why we have 10,000 extra university places and that’s why, in the Work Programme, we’ve got the biggest back to work, welfare to work programme this country has seen since the 1930s.”
The Department for work and pensions will be offering a pilot programme from April 2012 which will give Jobcentre Plus claimants full-time access to careers advice and provide better, more flexible support to help jobseekers gain the skills to get into work. The pilot will take place in 22 Jobcentre Plus locations across the country.
Chris Grayling said: “We want to make sure that we give those looking for work the right skills that mean when we put them in front of an employer they get the job. Too often in the past jobseekers were sent off to do long courses that taught them skills that local employers didn’t value. That’s all changing, we are getting people job ready to take advantage of the opportunities being created across the economy.”
Other incentives have been devised to encourage Britain back to work and to improve our economy. In order to create more work, these incentives include English courses. Mr Cameron said: “We’re saying that if there’s something you need to help you get a job, for instance being able to speak English and learn English properly, it should be a requirement that you take that course, do that study in order for you to receive your benefits.’” The Coalition is resolute to remove any barrier that has made it easier or more financially worthwhile to stay at home.
He also insisted that the problem wasn’t due to one factor and that the debt problem inherited from the Labour government had led to these difficulties, claiming the previous administration “robbed young people of their future by piling up debt,” adding: “It is right that we get on top of our debts and our deficits. Today of all days shows the danger of getting into a position other European countries are in, where their whole credibility is being questioned.”
So by keeping the company accounts in order and the AAA credit rating in the world economy the Prime Minster thinks in time the jobs will come, let’s hope that time isn’t too long.