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Work and Pensions Committee to hold evidence session on Restart scheme

11 December 2020

On 16 December, the Work and Pensions Committee will take evidence from academics and policy experts on the Government’s new Restart employment support programme.

Purpose of the session

Announced in last month’s Spending Review, the £2.9billion scheme is aimed at helping more than one million people find new jobs.

The session is likely to explore issues around funding and timing of the programme, as well as the types of support that will be needed to ensure people have the right skills to find and stay in work.

It is also expected to examine the role of employers, small businesses and local authorities in delivering support and how the scheme will work for specific groups, such as disabled people.


Wednesday 16 December, 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Professor Dan Finn, Emeritus Professor, University of Portsmouth

Panel 2

  • Martin McTague, National Vice Chair of Policy and Advocacy, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Mat Ilic, Chief Development Officer, Catch22
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
  • Mat Ainsworth, Assistant Director of Employment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Further information

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