Employment support: how do we make it fit for the future?

Join Demos, for the next event in the Public Services 2030 Network series, to discuss what the future of employment support looks like.

22 Feb 2023 - 22 Feb 2023

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Demos 6th Floor 15 Whitehall London SW1A 2DD

Recent months have seen a new debate about economic inactivity in the UK, particularly among older workers. It’s a debate at the very top of the political agenda; witness the Chancellor’s recent calls for over 50s to get off the golf course and back to the workplace.

This has brought fresh attention to the UK’s current system of employment support, which we strongly welcome at Demos. Our research last year argued that the current system of employment support is too fragmented, overly centralised and unable to address the UK’s economic challenges.

In response to these challenges, ideas have begun to emerge for change. Labour have begun to explore significant reforms of our current system of employment support, including greater localisation and universality. Labour are also working on plans to reform and modernise jobcentres, with an ongoing review being led by Alison McGovern.

Join Demos, supported by Reed in Partnership, to discuss what the future of employment support looks like.


  • Alison McGovern MP, Shadow Minister for Employment
  • Rhodri Thomas, Managing Director, Reed in Partnership
  • Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies

This event has now passed. You can watch a recording of the event here