Labour’s Basic Skills Test to help long-term unemployed in North Warwickshire & Bedworth back to work

Recent figures show up to one in 10 people claiming jobseekers allowance lack basic English, maths and IT skills.  Mike O’Brien has welcomed proposals from Labour for a Basic Skills Test as a way to help job seekers get back into work.

At the moment, many job seekers only take up literacy and numeracy training three years after they first make a claim for benefits, 5375850-large.jpgbut Labour plans to introduce a Basic Skills Test to tackle long-term unemployment and low earnings.  The new Basic Skills Test would ensure that all new Jobseekers Allowance claimants are assessed within six weeks and those who need it would be offered training which they’ll be required to take up or lose their benefits. 


Mike O’Brien has backed this training to equip job seekers with the skills they need to get off the dole. It will also reduce the overall benefits bill and help Britain to earn its way out of the cost of living crisis.


Mike said:

“We needs to do much more to get long-term unemployed people in North Warwickshire and Bedworth back into work. If some people can’t read, add up or send an email they are much less likely to find a job.

“I want to see a Basic Skills Test to give jobseekers the skills they need and our Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will give long-term unemployed people in North Warwickshire and Bedworth the qualifications and training they need to get a job.

“Tackling the lack of basic skills is a key part of Labour’s plan to allow this country to earn our way out of the cost of living crisis by getting more local people into work and helping them earn a decent standard of living.”

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