Responding to today's Autumn Statement, Stephen Evans, chief executive of Learning and Work Institute, said:


17 11 2022


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The uprating of benefits in line with prices and other support is welcome, though will still leave many people struggling with a large hit in living standards. The Government is right that ultimately the way out of this is to grow the economy, including by investing in employment and skills, but we need concrete action rather than just further reviews. The Barber Review of skills reforms is welcome, but we also need to tackle the £1 billion drop in skills budgets in England since 2010. The DWP review of labour market participation is also welcome, but the Government could have widened access to employment support today given only one in ten out-of-work disabled and older people get help to find work each year. This fiscal plan needs to be followed by a plan for growth.