Magazine article Public Finance

'Lift Gershon Threat' from Jobcentre Staff

Magazine article Public Finance

'Lift Gershon Threat' from Jobcentre Staff

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Jobcentres are not 'punching their weight' and the staff cuts planned under the Gershon efficiency agenda could stymie efforts to get people off benefits and into work, an influential think-tank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research North says the government's plans to for tackling economic inactivity, 'while ambitious and broadly correct', are already being hampered by a lack of resources and specialist staff, known as personal advisers.

It says ministers need to find ways of providing extra capacity among frontline staff in Jobcentre Plus offices to allow them to function more effectively.

Towards full employment, the IPPRN study published on October 5, says personal advisers in particular are the key to getting long-term sick and unemployed people into work.

It is also calling on the government to set a basic target to achieve an 80% employment rate by 2020, accompanied by a 'floor target' of at least 75% employment in every local labour market. …

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