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Long-term unemployment 'under control'

Enquiry on recess question paper

The Isle of Man's unemployment rate is the envy of the western world, but more can be done to address the 94 registered long-term unemployed (LTUs).

The cost to Treasury is £250,000 annually.

Member for Rushen, Juan Watterson, requested answers from the Economic Development minister on how the department is tackling it.

His enquiry was submitted via Tynwald's summer recess question paper and the responses were published yesterday (Tue).

The question was a complex one, with six parts. First, he wanted a breakdown of the work undertaken.

DED says it offers practical advice to guide people through all aspects of jobseeking, from CV preparation, to employability training, and structured interviews.

The level of engagement with clients was challenged. It was found they regularly meet with advisors for activity-based experiential learning and mentoring.

As for incentives and sanctions, it's expected LTUs will receive an increase in their income by leaving benefits; improving their mental welbeing.

And incremental reductions to JSA are applied by Treasury. After six months, a 20% reduction, nine months, 10%, and a further 10% after 12 months out of work.

It says tailored support and action planning is the preferred route for all clients.

The JobCentre says it'll work closely with partners in the public, private and third sectors to continue the improvements it's making in the area.

Mr Watterson says he's content with Minister Laurence Skelly's response:

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