Day One Support Programme

Committed By: 
The Mayor


Should we not start being more intelligent with public money and investing it in real lifetime skills rather than paying for people not to work?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I understand that and it is the same logic, by the way, that led us to set up the Day One support thing we did with Chris Grayling [Secretary of State for Justice], which was when you had a 16 to 24-year-old who was just coming on to JSA. Mandatory employment was a condition of their getting the JSA.  It is a variant of that kind of idea.  I think it is well worth exploring.  We have not yet evaluated the Day One support programme.


Andrew Boff AM:  I very much appreciate that.  I appreciate your commitment, as I understand, to looking into this idea and, should it become favourable, could we jointly present it to the Department for Work and Pensions?

Yes.  I am very keen to look at it in more detail.  I think we need to think through the consequences of continuing to pay JSA for a long time when somebody is effectively in work; we need to work out how that would work.