06 July 2023

A new online Midlife MOT has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to help older workers with financial planning, health guidance and to assess what their skills mean for their careers and futures.

The free website encourages people to review their skills and help to break down barriers to the labour market, in turn delivering on the government’s priority to grow the economy. It brings together trusted services help, such as a jobseeker toolkit and charity resources. It has been reported that it will allow people to identify job opportunities across the UK as well as better preparing them for later life and their retirement.

The website also signposts to key organisations and charities, including the National Health Service (NHS), Mind, MoneyHelper, Citizens Advice and the DWP, find a job portal. As part of this, MoneyHelper has created a financial tool which will provide a personalised report to help people understand what to prioritise to improve their financial position, from now through to retirement.

Minister for Employment, Guy Opperman MP, said:

‘‘We are all living longer and planning for later life is essential but knowing where to start can be daunting. Our digital Midlife MOT is open to everyone and easy to access, and will give people the tools to make informed decisions – on their personal finances, their health and on their careers. I would encourage older people in particular to invest the time to see exactly what it can do for them.’’

The digital Midlife MOT forms part of the government’s wider package to help older workers find and move into work as well as helping those already in work understand what support is available. The government’s digital offer will be continually reviewed to ensure it is as interactive and tailored as possible and people will soon be able to access content specific to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read the full press release, here.

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