In conversation with Mark Hoban MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
11 December 2012
Encouraging growth in the labour market is an ongoing concern. Welfare reform remains a keystone of the coalition’s policies, yet youth unemployment remains high, questions have been raised over the Work Programme’s ability to deliver its goals and heated debate continues over the Youth Contract.
In an informal environment, the Minister discussed these and other issues, focusing on how the government might tackle the barriers to employment, what can be done to increase the efficacy of the Work Programme, and how personalised support could help the long-term unemployed back to work.