Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: Helping people from workless households into work

Of course, it is welcome that Government programmes are doing something to help those who have been out of work for a long time to find their way back into employment.

But let’s not get carried away. There are around 6 million people, including 1.7 million children, living in households where no one at all works: internationally this is one of the highest rates. Not really a league table we would want to top.

Many people in workless households have been out of employment for the long term and have been living on benefits for many years. The DWP has to do more to make sure its employment support programmes actually reach these people. It must communicate the benefits of employment, and be flexible and supportive in getting them back into work.

Notes for Editors

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