More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils warn today.
Latest employment figures released in December show that the number of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has passed one million for the first time.
This means many of the hardest-to-reach jobseekers, such as young people or those with complex needs, are not receiving any government help into work with national schemes too focused on getting people off benefits rather than helping them into a job.
The challenge is growing rapidly, with a 28 per cent increase in the proportion of unemployed people not claiming benefits in the last 18 months.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils are being left to pick up the pieces to prevent more vulnerable…
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