GOVERNMENT URGED TO LOOK AT TRAINING FOR REPEAT JSA CLAIMS

A new report published by the Commons’ public accounts committee says the 40% of JSA recipients who return to claim JSA after working for periods of six months or less goes beyond acceptable levels of turnover in the labour market and recommends further training to those who struggle to achieve sustainable employment.

At present 40 per cent of all Job Seekers Allowance recipients getting a job are back on benefits within six months, while over two-thirds of benefit claims are repeats. The report criticises the 13-week definition of what is considered ‘sustainable’ and calls on the government to adopt a performance-measuring system which tracks their progress over a longer period.

"Far too many people bounce back and forth between short-term employment and being on benefits," it’s committee chairman said. He called for the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills to work together to help people into long-term employment.

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