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Roundup of recent DWP announcements – 5 February 2021
Job Finding Support service update
On 3 February we officially launched the Job Finding Support (JFS) service, which will provide more than 150,000 jobseekers across Great Britain with employment support, helping them build their interview skills, find local vacancies and quickly get back into work.
The quick-fire support will see a team of around 300 job search advisers helping people to get back into work quickly and will help the recently unemployed who already have the skills and experience needed to move into a new career, but might not be sure where to start.
JFS will run in parallel to existing support that is available in jobcentres and will complement the role of work coaches who provide more intensive support for jobseekers, including anyone facing specific difficulties returning to work.
The £10m employment support scheme will run over 12 months and forms part of our wider £30bn Plan for Jobs which is already helping people back into work as we level up and build back better.
Work Capability Assessments update
To protect vulnerable claimants during the pandemic, face-to-face Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) remain suspended. The Department has been building its capacity and capability to do more telephone WCAs since they were first introduced in June 2020.
We are now expanding the types of cases that can go through to decision which will result in an increase in the number of Limited Capability for Work and Fit for Work decisions. This will ensure claimants receive the correct benefit entitlement and labour market support as quickly as possible, and reduce the time those who may be entitled to a higher award have to wait for their assessment.
Open consultation – Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls strategy
The Government has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence, which closes on 19 February, to inform the new ‘Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls strategy’.
Crimes which disproportionately affect women and girls, such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking and forced marriage have devastating consequences. They can have a profound and long-lasting impact on those directly affected as well as on communities and society as a whole. Over the last 10 years, newer forms of abuse such as cyber flashing, revenge porn, and ‘upskirting’ have emerged.
The Call for Evidence aims to draw on the knowledge and experience of the public to help us respond to these social and technological changes and inform the new Strategy, due to be published in Spring 2021.
We would really appreciate your organisation’s help to promote this Call for Evidence and ensure that as many people as possible respond to the public survey.