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    Inquiry - changes in the world of work (Coronavirus and New Technology)

    The Work and Pensions Committee of MPs are holding an inquiry into ‘changes in the world of work’ brought about by the Coronavirus crisis, new technology, as well as longer term changes. Further details are https://www.parliament.uk/business/c...-launch-19-21/

    Shaw Trust is planning to respond and we would very much welcome your feedback on the questions below. We would be grateful for your feedback. We will anonymise any answers that we use in our submission. Please respond by the end of Thursday 9 July. Thanks very much in advance for your input!

    1) Are you receiving remote employment support, training and advice from Job Centre Plus (JCP) because of the Covid-19 restrictions, via phone or online, and how effective and useful has that been compared to face to face support?

    2) How could the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and JCP improve the training and advice it offers to job seekers?

    3) What support, advice and training should JCP and DWP offer to people who are looking to progress in work, or take up more hours?

    4) How can the use of technology be improved and/or maintained for disabled job seekers and for people with health conditions?

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    The Work and Pensions Committee of MPs are holding an inquiry into ‘changes in the world of work’ brought about by the Coronavirus crisis, new technology, as well as longer term changes. Further details are https://www.parliament.uk/business/c...-launch-19-21/

    Shaw Trust is planning to respond and we would very much welcome your feedback on the questions below. We would be grateful for your feedback. We will anonymise any answers that we use in our submission. Please respond by the end of Thursday 9 July. Thanks very much in advance for your input!

    1) Are you receiving remote employment support, training and advice from Job Centre Plus (JCP) because of the Covid-19 restrictions, via phone or online, and how effective and useful has that been compared to face to face support?

    2) How could the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and JCP improve the training and advice it offers to job seekers?

    3) What support, advice and training should JCP and DWP offer to people who are looking to progress in work, or take up more hours?

    4) How can the use of technology be improved and/or maintained for disabled job seekers and for people with health conditions?
    1. No

    2. Actually have some for those with a disability (who are on enhanced benefits) - no one talks about it or offers it. You have to search and search. Even then it's vague and requires participation between 3rd parties. Give control back to people.

    3. The fear disabled people have, as soon as they start thinking they might be okay to work, talking with anyone at DWP/JCP about it will trigger a review and their benefits will be stripped away before they begin earning. There is always the possibility of a relapse in health after taking up employment - by that time some benefits will have been stopped or reduced (rightly so) but the initial fight to get them - appeals court etc - is so harrowing and confidence in DWP so low (i) they don't feel confident they would return to the benefits at the correct level (ii) they don't know if they could cope going through it all again. So they stay in their "safe" place - unemployed.

    Online training for people who struggle to get out. Actively offering internships with businesses or government departments. Free access to A-levels - many disabled people had their education disrupted because of their health. The types of training out there are sometimes pretty condesending/low level e.g. How to's on CV writing etc. More detailed info online about what exactly the access to work scheme helps with.

    4. Email addresses for all departments. Including the facility of sending in documents. That's a huge one. Lots of us struggle with communication problems or anxiety - so calling is difficult. Lots of us struggle with getting out the house - so posting is difficult. Software accessible to people that can give them a clear answer about exactly how much their financial situation would change by. Thereby allowing them to plan. Nobody likes the feeling of jumping off a financial cliff into the unknown.

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