Welfare to Work in London – three interesting facts and three good questions.

Yesterday I attended the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion’s London Welfare to Work Convention at Westminster Central Hall.  Here are three interesting facts I picked up on the day.

  • In the future over half of London’s jobs will be for people with a degree
  • Jobcentre Plus in London is doing some really interesting work around gangs and the most deprived wards
  • The Benefits Cap affects more people in Brent than Birmingham

John-Paul Marks Director of Jobcentre Plus in London gave the closing address and spoke about how the service was using its expertise to support local partnerships to deliver better employment services. He also gave three questions that anyone proposing a policy on welfare to work needs to answer:

1. Does it incentivise work?

2. What is the impact on the vulnerable?

3. How will it affect the deficit?

Everyone working on Work Programme 2 will need to be able to answer these whatever government gets in after 2015.

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