Support for over-50s to retrain or gain a new qualification is needed to reduce long-term unemployment, a report has said, as it reveals the number of older workers who have fallen out of work has nearly doubled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The schemes designed to safeguard jobs and income for those unable to work during the coronavirus crisis have been adapted "as far as possible" and were "the right policies for the first phase of the crisis", chancellor Rishi Sunak has said in response to a report that criticised the gaps in support.
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