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Employment Action Teams

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) where peripatetic employment action team advisers are present in Newcastle upon Tyne; how regularly they use these locations; and if he will estimate the number of users at each location; [103427](2) what internal estimates of working age employment rates in each ward of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne informed the selection of wards for employment action team status. [103428]

Information on the outreach locations used by the Newcastle Action Team for Jobs, how regularly they are used, and their average number of customers is in the table.

Ward/Outreach locationNumber of days per week action team advisers attend the locationAverage number of customers attending per week
Walker
B & Q car park116
Walker Library210
East2Work Shop, Shields Rd216
Byker
East End Library14
East2Work shop, Byker219
Brinkburn Centre15
Morrisons1110
Monkchester
Roman Avenue117
Walker Library16
East2Work320
West City
Ron Eager Centre0.55
ESOL, Nelson Street0.52
Angela Centre16
City Jobcentre Plus210
Cruddas Park Library18
Anchor Programme Centre, Market St0.53
City Library29
CSV Training0.55
Elswick
Workfinder Office, Benwell13
Computer Gym15
Civic Centre4
Elswick Pool13
Westgate College13
Action4Employment14
Benwell
Workfinder Office, Benwell1.512
Cornerstones17
St Josephs Refugee Group15
John Martey Centre14
Newcastle College116
Benwell Library18
West Road Jobcentre Plus115
Scotswood
Workfinder Office, Benwell16
Community cafe0.54
West Road Jobcentre Plus0.55
Valley View Nursery0.53
Scotswood Support Centre0.59
Woolsington
Newbiggin Hall Library110
Gala Fields211
Roycroft Centre0.510
Detached Youth Project0.58
Newbiggin Hall Shops115
Ward/Outreach locationNumber of days per week action team advisers attend the locationAverage number of customers attending per week
Fawdon
Park View Sports Centre15
Fawdon Community Centre212
Peacock Pub Car Park113
Fawdon Library15
Kenton
Cowgate Leisure Centre18
St Cuthbert's Church0.53
Montague Library16
Kenton Library16
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Source:

Jobcentre Plus

In 2001, Newcastle upon Tyne was chosen as an Action Team for Jobs area because the local authority was one of the 30 with the lowest labour market participation in Britain.

The selection of wards within the area to be covered by the Newcastle Action Team was based on the proportion of the working age population not in employment. The wards targeted had a working age employment rate of 58.5 per cent. or below at the time of selection (April 2001).

The Office for National Statistics does not produce employment rates down to individual wards from the Labour Force Survey. For this specific purpose a one off exercise was carried out to calculate data at ward level in action team areas. At ward level there is a larger margin of error and so a combination of data—including benefit recipient data—was used to rank wards in Action Team LADs. The table shows the employment rates for wards in the City of Newcastle local authority area derived from this exercise.

City of Newcastle local authority area

Percentage

Ward

Employment rate

Monkchester30.7
West City30.8
Walker31.5
Byker34.8
Elswick39.5
Benwell40.5
Scotswood43.0
Woolsington47.6
Fawdon53.8
Kenton56.8
Blakelaw59.2
Newburn59.2
Denton59.9
Walkergate59.9
Fenham62.9
Wingrove64.1
Moorside66.1
Lemington67.8
Sandyford71.8
Grange73.3
Heaton77.9
Westerhope77.9
Castle80.9
Dene82.2
Jesmond87.3
South Gosforth88.2