Thursday 9 December 2021 / 12:01 AM Jonathan Ashworth / Work and Pensions

Jonathan Ashworth responds to new figures on sickness

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to new research from Rest Less finding more than one in three economically inactive older people are not looking for work due to sickness, said:

“The staggering numbers of over 50s forced out of the labour market and left unsupported to find work exposes the systematic failure of government job schemes.

“Behind every statistic is a colossal waste of talent. Not only is this unfulfilling for individuals but hinders our economic recovery as well.

“Labour’s priority is to extend opportunities to all to create the good jobs people deserve.”