Sadiq Khan: Devolve work schemes for unemployed

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Welcoming the findings of a report by think tank IPPR North, Sadiq Khan has called for control of programmes to get the unemployed into work to the cities. IPPR North claims that the current programme, run directly by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is not sensitive to local needs, and lacks the funding necessary to help vulnerable people into work. As part of a wider devolution agenda for London, Khan argues that “it is clear that London should have direct control of the work programme so we can better help Londoners to find employment.” Josh Stott, head of cities at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which commissioned the report, says: These proposals recognise the opportunities that greater devolution can provide more joined-up, efficient and effective support for people out of work and incentives for town halls to foster more inclusive growth.”

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