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REC: Government should not only help long-term unemployed

REC: Government should not only help long-term unemployed

The government's focus on helping the long-term unemployed is of no help to those who have recently been made redundant, one organisation believes.

In the opinion of the Recruitment and Employment confederation (REC), the priority should be getting people back into work as soon as possible.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the REC, said that with so much focus on those who have been unemployed for six months or more, "we will lose sight of the fact that the best cure is avoidance - to make sure that people stay in the world of work and reinvigorate it very quickly".

To do this, the government should consider temporary, contract or interim work as this can create more job opportunities.

A spokesperson for ClickAJob is adamant that the newly unemployed deserve first priority.

"Losing a job should be treated like an emergency," he asserts.

"Good, economically-active people with relevant, up-to-date skills are suddenly devastated by the prospect of no income and little chance of replacing it.."

"Their need is urgent and now - whereas the longer-term unemployed most likely have benefits of some kind to keep them going until they can be eased back into work."

According to a press release from the Department for Work and Pensions, jobseekers who find themselves unemployed for more than six months are guaranteed more support from the government.


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