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UK working on new programme to help long-term jobless - Sunak

Fri, 2nd Oct 2020 14:05

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Britain's government is working to
provide more support to people facing long-term unemployment
because of the coronavirus crisis, finance minister Rishi Sunak
said on Friday.

Sunak said the government's Department for Work and Pensions
was looking at developing a new version of its Work Programme
that was launched in 2011 to get people out of welfare and into
work.

"We're actively looking at what a version of that might be
that we could put in place," he said in a question-and-answer
session with members of the public on LinkedIn.

"That will provide that intensive support to find new
opportunities for those who have been unemployed for a long
time, so stay tuned."

Unemployment is expected to rise sharply as Sunak's huge job
subsidy plan is replaced with less generous support from next
month.
(Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Michael Holden)

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