This response notes challenges arising from the introduction of Universal Credit, the conclusion of the Work Programme and the future collocation of Jobcentre Plus with local authorities. It recommends that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should collect data on movement into work amongst claimants enrolled with Jobcentre Plus and monitor performance. It also proposes that
- an official assessment system should be introduced to identify those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
- Jobcentre Plus should collaborate with other local services to address housing need where this is identified as a barrier to work;
- Jobcentre Plus should collaborate with local voluntary services to address housing need and offer specialist employment support and
- those identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness should have the option of being fast-tracked to specialist support.
The authors also explain the role of Crisis Skylight in helping homeless job-seekers back into work.