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DWP Employment Support


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the labour market, and unemployment in the UK is expected to increase significantly. The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) provides a range of welfare benefits and support for unemployed people through Jobcentres and through more intensive programmes, such as the Work and Health Programme.

In response to the pandemic, DWP has announced a range of measures to support people to get and keep a job, including major new programmes like Restart and Kickstart, and it is significantly increasing the number of front-line work coaches in its Jobcentres to support increased demand for Universal Credit.

The Committee will question senior DWP officials on:

  • - DWP’s objectives in providing employment support and how it works with other parts of government to meet these objectives;   
  • - how DWP delivers its support, including through its network of jobcentres, and the support people can expect from schemes; and 
  • - the challenges and risks DWP may face in delivering value for money in this area in the coming years.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6pm on Thursday 10 June 2021.