The government has issued its response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system. The government response agreed or partly agreed with 18 of the recommendations and rejected five.

Responses of particular interest to ERSA members:

Commenting on the government response to the Work and Pensions report into the role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system, Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA said:

“ ERSA welcomes Government’s commitment to supporting jobseekers with the greatest barriers to finding work, and will continue to assist DWP on getting future provision right, especially as Universal Credit is rolled out. To make sure the individual needs of jobseekers are met,  ERSA supports the development of an accurate assessment and segmentation tool for all jobseekers support needs. 

“However there are still big challenges to  overcome. JCP and employment support programmes must work more effectively together, putting the jobseekers interests at the heart of what is being delivered. Sharing customer data and working towards the same outcome is the right and only way forward.”