DWP target over 50s and retirees in £22million bid to get more older workers into jobs

Over 50s considering retirement may be encouraged to reconsider.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today announced a new package of government support in a bid to boost employment among the over 50s.

The £22million package will involve a number of new measures to tackle unemployment amongst the over 50s.

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According to the DWP, this will include more one-to-one support at jobcentres and the creation of thirty-seven so-called “50PLUS Champions” who will work with local employers across all areas of the UK to encourage them to take on more older workers.

Additionally, “Mid-life MOTs” will be available in jobcentres, purposefully targeting those thinking about retirement and instead encouraging them to take on jobs or remain in work.

Those who have been out of work for nine months may be referred to the government’s Restart Scheme, providing a year of intensive support to get them back on the career ladder.

According to the DWP, the Restart Scheme has already supported a quarter of a million back into work in under six months.

The DWP highlight research showing that people over 50 are more likely to have caring responsibilities, with 12% of men and 16% of women aged 55-64 providing care for loved-ones.

Under the new drive, older people with caring responsibilities will receive increased support from Work Coaches to help them “navigate these barriers” to employment.

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Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP said: “Older workers are a huge asset to this country, and there are currently more than 400,000 over 50s in roles than before the pandemic.

“We’re increasing funding and support at every step of their journey up the career ladder, to ensure everyone gets the support they need to get into work, progress and use their experience to boost their earnings and plan for a better future.

“Helping people find the security of a stable income, through a job they can take pride in, is also one of the best ways for people to support their families during these challenging times.”

Carole Easton, Chief Executive at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “Seeing DWP continue to recognise the importance of a bespoke approach to older workers is really welcome.

“We know that older workers face unique challenges, such as ageism in the workplace and a possible gap in skills compared to some of their younger counterparts, so we will gladly support any tailored action that begins chip away at these significant roadblocks standing in the way of older people accessing fulfilling work.”

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