The Somerset Guardian, 2nd February 2022

Last week, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Dr. Therese Coffey, wrote to all Members of Parliament (MPs) announcing the Government’s new initiative 'Way to Work'.
Way to Work is a drive across the United Kingdom (UK) to help half a million people into employment in the next five months. Even though there are more people on company payrolls than before the pandemic the latest figures show that there are around 1.2 million vacancies across the economy.

To tackle this challenge, the Government’s new scheme will bring employers into jobcentres and match them with those who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit. This is excellent news both for employers who need to fill their vacancies but also for claimants who will be better off financially, with being in work likely to improve their wellbeing. Applications and interviews will be expedited, speeding up the process and it will be easier for employers to fill their vacancies through jobs fairs, Employer Hubs, social media channels (including JobHelp) and advertising on FindAJob.

For those on Universal Credit, the Government is strengthening the system. For new Universal Credit claimants, the Government is reducing the time to search for a job in their preferred sector where they have appropriate skills already from three months to a maximum of four weeks, the rationale being that the longer people are out of employment the harder it is for them to obtain work. Additionally, expectations will be raised so that jobseekers are able to demonstrate their commitment to getting a job, thus balancing the Government’s commitments both to support people back into work and to taxpayers.

With restrictions lifted, Way to Work will build on the success of the Government’s Plan for Jobs helping people realise their potential and contribute to society.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance: jacob.reesmogg.mp@parliament.uk.