Pathways to Work
Our Policies

Providing real security and opportunity for those out of work

The best protection against poverty is a fairly paid and secure job. Social welfare must offer not just a safety net, but a pathway to a better future for jobseekers and their families.

When Labour took office in 2011, the country was shedding jobs at a rate of 1,000 per week. Now, more than 1,100 new jobs are being created every week. Overall, Labour in Government has overseen some 140,000 people returning to work.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Increase welfare payments at least in line with the cost of living
  • In households dependent on one partner’s jobseeker payments, ensure the right to work, training and education supports can be accessed by either partner
  • Expand the Youth Guarantee scheme to offer more opportunities to those under 26 and pay the full rate of jobseeker’s allowance to those participating
  • Phase out JobBridge and Gateway
  • Create 10,000 new places on JobsPlus to help the long-term unemployed
  • Introduce income-linked jobseekers payments to empower workers to move between jobs and bounce back from short-term unemployment