New Deal gets makeover in bid to get 600,000 more into jobs

Government has unveiled plans to get 600,000 more people into work and cut
bureaucracy from employment programmes.

Gordon Brown said that the country is closer than ever to full employment.

aim is full employment in every community, and so today we are setting out the
next radical steps in our programme of reform. More choice, more devolution,
and more personalisation to extend and strengthen the New Deal," he said.

shake-up of the New Deal includes:

More freedom for Jobcentre Plus advisers to tailor training and support to each
individual’s needs

The creation of an intervention and sanction regime, with the possibility of
tougher and more frequent interviews

Giving local managers more power and control over budgets to buy training and
support to tackle local problems

Programmes to help people with specific problems, like former drug addicts,
alcoholics or the homeless.

and pensions secretary Andrew Smith said: "This is a radical reform of our
employment programmes, to give personal advisers more freedom to tailor
employment support to meet the needs of individuals and help fill the 600,000
vacancies in the economy."

By Quentin Reade

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