From the NPC blog

NPC recently held an event looking at the looming unemployment crisis, and the role the VCSE sector can play in helping to tackle it. You can watch their whole webinar, or read the full blog – these are the highlights.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and the labour market will be an unemployment crisis, exacerbated by the withdrawal of the furlough scheme and other support. Young people just coming into the job market, and others with precarious employment will be suffering already.

The Learning and Work institute published a paper in May around what needs to be done to help on this social issue: Help wanted: Getting Britain back to work.

You can also read the Government’s policy paper from July: A Plan for Jobs 2020.

Various schemes are being introduced: Kickstart, creating hundreds of thousands of 6-month work placements, and others.

One of the event speakers discussed the issues currently in play, with the government’s policies mostly aimed at job retention, rather than the looming issue of new job creation.

What role can charities play?

Four leading charities were involved in the briefing, with strong support for the Kickstart scheme. Support for disadvantaged groups is likely to be much in need, including BAME and disabled people, and the challenges facing older people also need to be acknowledged and tackled.

There is more on the full video of the webinar, using the link above.