DWP: Touchbase – Fri 8 July


Roundup of recent DWP announcements 

Cost of living support toolkit

The Government is providing a £37 billion package of support to help households combat the rising cost of living.

Ensuring people are aware of what financial help they are entitled to is paramount.

We have produced a toolkit for stakeholders, which includes downloadable posters, social media copy and newsletters for organisations to use.

These communication aids will provide information about the different types of payment, eligibility, and when people should expect to receive the cash. Further information on help with the cost of living.

New measures to boost employment, finances and well-being for over 50s

The Government has announced £22 million will be invested in new measures to tackle unemployment among the over 50s on benefits.        

Jobseekers aged 50 and over will have more one-to-one support at Jobcentres to help them get into and progress in work, boosting their earnings ahead of retirement.

This increased support includes the appointment of 37 50PLUS Champions, across every corner of Great Britain, to work with local employers to showcase the benefits of employing older workers.

Mid-life MOTs will also start to be available in Jobcentres, targeting workers in their 40s and 50s. They will help people take stock of their finances, skills and health, enabling them to be better prepared for retirement and to build financial resilience.

Find out more

Childcare consultation

The Department for Education has announced new plans to allow more flexibility in childcare to benefit hundreds of thousands of parents across the country.

As part of a package of measures to increase childcare support for parents, boost the number of childminders and drive take up of childcare offers, a new consultation will look at increasing the number of two-year old children that can be looked after by each staff member in registered early years settings.

The consultation, which is open until Friday 16 September, proposes changing staff-to-child ratios from 1:4 to 1:5 for two-year-olds, giving providers more flexibility in how they run their businesses while maintaining safety and quality of care. The consultation also seeks views on certain elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.

Read the full press notice.

Further information can also be found on GOV.UK.