Lords debates employment

21 March 2014

Members, including a manufacturing expert and a former trade union leader, debated the level of employment in the UK on Thursday 20 March.

The rise in employment and the progressive improvement of the UK economy was welcomed.

Some points of concern raised by members covered youth unemployment levels, employment in regions outside London and the south east, women in work and the gender pay gap and boosting digital skills and jobs in the export market.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud (Conservative) responded on behalf the government saying that there were a record number of people in work, including more women. He highlighted achievements in helping lone parents get into work and a new childcare package for working parents, and also said that the biggest rise in private sector employment had been outside of London. He recognised the need to tackle youth unemployment and said the government is continuing to do so.

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