Responding to the Chancellors’s Autumn Statement


22 11 2023



Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 22 November, Naomi Phillips, deputy chief executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:
Today’s Autumn Statement talks about taking decisions for the long term, but for benefit claimants this is more rhetoric than evidence. While expanding schemes to support more people into work are welcome, L&W’s new analysis ‘Understanding benefits’ questions the effectiveness of sanctions in the benefits system. To plan for the long term, we need much greater access to high-quality employment support, investment in skills, and support for employers on job design and recruitment. Then we could see a boost to the UK economy of £23 billion a year.


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