Over 50s to be given support in finding work

The government has committed to providing more working opportunities for over 50s who are currently unemployed.

The government has vowed to provide greater support for over 50s struggling with unemployment during the recession.

Work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper has stated that the jobs which the government intends to create via its Local Employment Partnership (LEP) schemes should be used to give older people a way back into work.

This comes in response to a 50 per cent increase in the number of unemployed over 50s in the past 12 months.

The trend has led to older people's groups such as the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise and Age Concern and Help the Aged expressing concern that more action was needed to combat the problem.

However, Ms Cooper has now informed Personnel Today that the government will be looking to address the specific challenges faced by over 50s "in terms of discriminations and prejudices when they go into the workplace".

This echoes concerns expressed by the Employers Forum on Age last month, which suggested that older people are being turned away from jobs they are qualified for because of ageist preconceptions.

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