James Sunderland questions the Government on efforts to incentivise the over-50s back into work

James Sunderland asks the Government about its plans to incentivise the over-50s who retired during the pandemic back into work, and to help those who have left the uniformed services and are looking for a second career.

Support into Employment: Over-50s

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

5. What steps he is taking to support people aged 50 and over into employment. (903872)

The Minister for Employment (Guy Opperman)

The Government are already providing £20 million for an enhanced offer to help older workers remain in, or return to, work. That includes provision for 37 full-time 50-plus champions, who deliver the midlife MOT, and for older workers jobs fairs. That includes the three 50-plus fairs held in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Bracknell (James Sunderland) in the last few months.

James Sunderland 

The over-50s are a massive resource for our workforce, so could the Minister please outline how we might incentivise back into work those who retired during the pandemic, and those aged over 50 who have left the uniformed services and are seeking a second career?

Guy Opperman 

My hon. and gallant Friend served with dedication in the armed forces before becoming Bracknell’s champion. He will be aware that our armed forces champions go to great lengths to assist ex-servicemen and women in finding second careers after their service keeping us safe. He will also be aware that the Chancellor may have more to say on the issue next week, on the 15th.