Published: 14th Dec 2020

A cross-party group of peers has urged the government to focus on creating new jobs, if it is to prevent a rise in unemployment next year. A report out today (14 December) by the House of Lords’ economic affairs committee calls on ministers to introduce a new job, skills and training guarantee, available to every young person not in full-time education or employment for one year. It also urges the government to enhance its existing skills, training and employment support policies, including the Kickstart and the Restart programmes which need to be better co-ordinated if they are to be successful. The report also warns the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has not been shared equally. Many higher paid workers experienced little or no economic hardship, whereas the youngest and lowest paid workers have experienced significant damage to their livelihoods and prospects, according to the report It also argues the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)