A back-to-work drive will target as many as seven million adults who do not have jobs.
Measures to remove barriers to employment will focus on the long-term sick and disabled, benefits claimants and the over-50s.
The major shake-up comes after Brexit ended the UK’s economic model of job vacancies being filled by ‘unlimited low-skill migration’, the Chancellor told the Commons.
‘So today, I bring forward reforms to remove the barriers that stop people who want to from working,’ Jeremy Hunt said.
More than two million are classified as ‘economically inactive’ because of disability or chronic illness.
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