Government encourages firms to employ older people

Besi Besemar December 9, 2012

Minister of State for Pensions, Steve Webb MP, has outlined the steps the Government is taking to encourage firms to employ older people in response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Kemptown MP Simon Kirby.

The Minister highlighted the Department for Work and Pensions ‘Age Positive Initiative’ which provides guidance and case studies to employers and business organisations on employing older workers and the business benefits of adopting flexible approaches to work and retirement.

He also confirmed that the Government is working with leading business and age expert organisations through the Age Action Alliance’s Healthy Workplaces group to develop and promote practical resources to help employers effectively manage the health and productivity of an ageing workforce.

Simon Kirby, MP

Simon Kirby MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven has welcomed the Governments efforts.

He said:

“Older people have a wealth of knowledge and experience which can be of great benefit to many businesses.

“However, we know that often they face obstacles in their search for work which often derive from nothing more than misconceptions relating to age.

“It is important that the Government supports those older people looking to get into work, as well as providing guidance and advice for employers, in order to overcome the obstacles faced.

“I am pleased by the Government’s response and the initiatives they have established, and I will be calling on them to do more to help older people who want to get back into the workforce.”

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