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Broadening the Future of Work Debate in Parliament

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IFOW has campaigned to keep future good work on the agenda through 2020 - and to become a central, cross-cutting policy objective through response to the pandemic. We're proud to have been one of the first to call for strategic, longer-term planning to #buildbackbetter centred around a vision for good work, available to all; and make the case for human-centred, responsible automation to create good jobs, improve work and level up the country.

To this end, we established a cross-disciplinary Future of Work Commission which brought together economists, philosophers and health professionals. We've hosted a conference on Work and Health supported by the Secretary of State for Health and helped establish a new All Party Parliamentary Group on the Future of Work. In 2020, we've given live and written evidence to House of Commons Committees, supported several Parliamentary debates and motions, and contributed to several independent Parliamentary Network publications.

This cross-party motion reiterates our call for a UK Work 5.0 Strategy to align policy response in 2021:

"That this House welcomes the Government’s commitment to level up; notes that a coordinated, cross-departmental approach to creating the conditions for good work across the country will be necessary to achieve this goal; recognises research by the Institute for the Future of Work that shows people across the country are experiencing an increased sense of economic insecurity associated with automation; further notes that incentivising the adoption of technology and automation will be required to boost regional growth; notes that a collaborative approach to managing automation and the transition of people into new good jobs is therefore crucial; calls on the Government to initiate a Work 5.0 Strategy involving the Treasury and Departments of Education, Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy, Work and Pensions and Health and Social Care to advance socially responsible automation across the UK; and seeks a commitment and dedicated budget for a collaborative process to develop this strategy."

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