Chancellor’s Budget confirms government thinks “there are no unemployed people”


Following the Autumn Budget 2017 statement on 22nd November, ERSA highlights the 1.42 million people who are unemployed across the UK and calls on the Chancellor to rethink the government’s investment in vital employment support. An independent report by the Westminster Policy Institute (WPI) for ERSA showed the government is planning to spend a massive […]

The Chancellor must reverse Osborne’s cuts to employment support to secure Exchequer savings

In advance of the Autumn Statement on 23rd November, ERSA, the voice of the employment support sector, calls on the Chancellor to rethink and rebalance the Government’s investment in vital employment support. In October, ERSA published ‘More than Words: Rethinking employment support for disabled jobseekers’, an independent report by WPI Economics showing the gap between […]

ERSA’s response to the Autumn Statement

In response to today’s Autumn Statement, ERSA Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh said: “ERSA welcomes the Chancellor’s decision to reduce the Universal Credit taper rate as a definite move in the right direction.  However, getting UC right won’t be enough to move many jobseekers with the most complex needs into work. We’re therefore disappointed that the Chancellor […]

ERSA’s submission to the 2016 Financial Statement: Making the VfM case for investing in specialist employment support


Earlier this month ERSA submitted a representation to HM Treasury ahead of the 2016 Financial Statement. In its representation ERSA made the case for increasing investment in specialist employment support. ERSA highlights how greater investment would help the government meet its commitment to creating an economy that works for everyone whilst goving value for money from the Exchequer’s perspective. […]

ERSA statement on Autumn Statement and Spending Review


Commenting on today’s announcements Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said: “Employment support has been delivering well for many jobseekers.  We therefore welcome the Government’s commitment to building on the success of Work Programme and Work Choice with new provision in 2017 focused on jobseekers with most need.  ‘The benefits and employment support landscape however can […]