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Wednesday, 20th May 2015

UK: Ten Policies for Ten People

Source: NIACE (UK)

Ten Policies for Ten People outlines changes that NIACE and Inclusion would like the next Government to put in place in its first hundred days – changes that can make a real difference quickly to people’s lives and opportunities. Changes that will build a stronger economy. We know that money will be tight for whoever is in power; further cuts in public spending will need to be made. So our proposals are all cost-neutral, and likely to save money in the longer-run.

Our policies are designed to tackle two major challenges facing the UK.

The first is a productivity crisis, with the average British worker taking five days to produce what it takes the average French worker four days to produce. In the long run it is productivity that drives economic success and living standards, so this is the most pressing economic challenge of our generation.

The second is to deliver high quality full employment. Despite a successful record of job creation since 2008, too many people, particularly those with multiple disadvantages, remain locked out of the labour market or in part-time insecure work, their talents untapped. Employment and skills policy has a critical role to play in meeting these challenges. They are long-term challenges that require long-term solutions, but there are immediate steps a new Government can take to make things better.

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