WebsiteNicola writes for Left Foot Forward on labour market issues. She is the Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC - and is a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee - and also writes at Touchstone.
The Coalition Government has been keen to express sympathy for those facing unemployment. But in contrast to these sentiments, the Government’s main labour market policy so far has been to cut support for unemployed people.
Today’s labour market figures show that although a fragile labour market recovery may be starting, the fact that many are still facing unemployment and persistent long-term worklessness remains a significant risk.