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DWP: There is more to do over employment

The Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said, after a think-tank recommended that jobcentres be split up.

With one of the highest employment rates ever and more people in work than ever before, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.

However, we know there is always more to do, which is why our Jobcentre staff work hard every day to help people off benefits and into work.

– Spokeswoman, Department for Work and Pensions

Think-tank calls for 'radical overhaul' of jobcentres

The structure of public services means that often a jobseeker ends up being passed from pillar to post, the author of a new report suggests, after a think-tank called for jobcentres to be split up. Guy Miscampbell, said:

What is needed is a radical overhaul of the system which puts the needs of the jobseeker first. The very word jobcentre comes with a stigma.

Instead of attaching labels to people who are not in work we should reform the system to make it as easy as possible for individuals, who often have multiple problems, to work with an organisation that is best suited to helping them into work.

– Guy Miscampbell

Think-tank calls for jobcentres to be split up

Jobcentres should be split up, with their employment arms forced to compete against private sector and voluntary providers and the remaining services rebranded as Citizen Support, a think-tank has recommended.

Under the plan, the employment services arm would be mutualised, while the remaining part of Jobcentre Plus would be expanded and renamed to reduce the "stigma" attached to it.

Jobcentres should be split up, think-tank suggests. Credit: PA

The right-of-centre Policy Exchange said just over a third (36%) of people using jobcentres find sustained work, with many finding themselves in and out of employment largely due to having barriers to work which are not fully dealt with.

The report said the Government's welfare reforms have improved matters, but there is still too much duplication and inefficiency in the system.

'Shocking waste of potential' in British schools

The sharp achievement gap between state and private school-educated pupils means there is a "shocking waste of potential", according to the chairman of educational charity the Sutton Trust.

Sir Peter Lampl's remarks come in the foreword to a new report that shows private school pupils will earn significantly more than their state school peers.

"This is a shocking waste of potential. This report clearly sets out the advantages that can be gained from a good private education," Sir Peter writes.

The Sutton Trust is calling for more independent schools to take on able pupils from less well-off backgrounds.

The charity suggests private schools should get the same funding per pupil as state schools, with the ability to charges fees on a means-tested basis, with the poorest paying nothing.

Their study suggests extending such a scheme to 100 leading private schools would cost the Government about £215 million a year.

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