My Right Honourable Friend, The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Dr Thérèse Coffey MP) has made the following Written Statement.
I established the In-Work Progression Commission - led by Baroness McGregor-Smith - in March this year as part of this government’s commitment to levelling up opportunities for those who want to progress from lower paid jobs into higher paid work.
In response to Covid-19, our focus is getting people back into work and our £30bn Plan for Jobs will support hundreds of thousands of people of all ages do this. Now however is also the time to lay the groundwork for the future when people will be able and striving to progress.
The Commission wants to hear from all sectors, including businesses, charities, think-tanks, advocacy groups and other community focused organisations as well as from individuals who have or have not progressed out of low pay. We have launched a call for evidence, details of which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-good-practice-on-in-work-progression/call-for-evidence-and-good-practice-on-in-work-progression
We want written contributions that highlight the challenges to progression in low-paid sectors and how best to support talented people to rise through the ranks. A copy of the call for evidence document will be placed in the House Library and responses can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons