Sector 'will lead jobless scheme'

Indira Das-Gupta

Tomorrow's People is predicting that the voluntary sector will be asked to lead a scheme to help the long-term unemployed back into work in a forthcoming Government Green Paper on welfare reform.

The charity, which helps people find jobs, has pioneered an initiative to provide an employment adviser in GP surgeries across the country to help people on incapacity benefits to find work.

It first piloted the scheme at a surgery in north London in 2001 and has now extended it to 80 surgeries across the country.

A spokeswoman said: "We hope the paper will call for the sector to play a significant part in getting people off incapacity benefit and into work.

We would love to lead such a project."

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