Saturday, 25 January 2014

LABOUR’S BASIC SKILLS TEST WILL HELP THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED GET BACK INTO WORK

Local people tell me how concerned they are about unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment, and how it affects our social security system.

One of the main reasons why so many of the long-term unemployed find it hard to get a job is their lack of basic skills in maths, English and IT.

Labour this week announced plans that would require jobseekers to have an assessment of their basic maths, English and IT skills, with proper training for those who don’t have the skills they need for a job - training they will be required to take up alongside their jobsearch or lose their benefits.

Labour’s Basic Skills Test will assess all new claimants for JobSeekers Allowance, giving the long-term unemployed a better chance of finding a job and helping our area earn its way out of the cost of living crisis.
The Basic Skills Test will work alongside Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get more people in Haslingden and Hyndburn into work, and into better paid and more secure jobs.

We’ll only tackle the rising cost of social security and earn our way out of the cost of living crisis by ensuring the system is fair and sustainable for everyone in Haslingden and Hyndburn.