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DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work: Work and Pensions Committee publishes Government’s response to report

12 November 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee has today published the Government response to its report on DWP’s preparations for changes in the world of work.

The Committee’s report, published in June, called for the DWP to work with other departments to develop a strategy on how to respond to the impact of new technology on the number of jobs, the skills needed and the differential impact the changes could have on sectors, regions and demographic groups.

It also reiterated the Committee’s call from June last year for the Government to urgently bring forward an Employment Bill to enhance the rights of workers in the low-paid and gig economy, and made recommendations on retraining and skills.

Chair's comments

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, said:

“The DWP has not been proactive enough in planning for long-term changes in the labour market, which are transforming the way people work and the skills they need to succeed. It is therefore disappointing that the Government will not commit to a comprehensive cross-departmental strategy aimed at preventing large groups of people being left behind.

The wait also goes on for the long-promised Employment Bill. With a rising number of people in precarious forms of work, such as those on zero-hours contracts or in the gig economy, there is an urgent need for legislation to ensure all workers are given the employment protections they deserve.”

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