UK job centres face call for competition

The Financial Times reports that private companies and charities should be able to compete with government agencies to help unemployed people find work, according to a think-tank close to the Conservative party.

Policy Exchange says job centres are failing to help people find long-term jobs and should be restructured in a way that would allow other providers to bid to offer “more personalised and specialist support”.

The report, Joined Up Welfare, suggests the current approach is letting down many people, with only just over a third finding sustained employment through the job-centre network.