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DWP Employment Support 2: Kickstart scheme


In a follow up to its wider inquiry into DWP support for employment during Covid the Committee will question senior DWP officials more closely specifically on the ‘Kickstart scheme’.

The ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced in July 2020 included the £1.9 billion Kickstart scheme for young people. At that point, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was expecting a 10% peak in unemployment in quarter 2 of 2020, and furlough was expected to end in October 2020. The OBR now expects unemployment to peak at 6.5% in the final quarter of 2021, while the furlough scheme in fact ended in September 2021. The Kickstart scheme is due to end in December 2021, with employment prospects still uncertain.

If you have evidence on the operation or effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme and the value for money it represents, please submit it here by Monday 29 November

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Monday 29 November 2021.

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