In response to the announcement by the chancellor that jobseekers who are still unemployed after two years of the Work Programme, will be referred to a new scheme called ‘Help to Work’, Kirsty Mchugh, Chief Executive of ERSA said:

“ERSA welcomes the government’s recognition of the need for post Work Programme support and we are looking forward to exploring the detail of how this scheme will operate with the Department for Work and Pensions.” 

“Our test for the new programme will be whether what is put in place is able to deliver for the long term unemployed, is viable for providers of employment services and works with the needs of employers. “