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Local Worklessness

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of Exchequer announced last November plans to test a new approach of offering intensive support to residents in neighbourhoods with very high concentrations of worklessness.From April 2004 pilots will begin in 12 sites to help residents access the jobs that can often be found within travelling distance of where they live. In each pilot area

residents claiming Jobseeker's Allowance will benefit from accelerated access onto the New Deal programmes after just three months of unemployment
partners and lone [parents will attend more frequent interviews with personal advisers
new Incapacity Benefit claimants will also be given more help to ensure that employment opportunities and barriers to work are regularly discussed.
There will be access to a flexible discretionary fund to allow personal advisers, working in cooperation with Local Strategic Partnerships. To tackle the substantial and varied barriers that prevent residents in these neighbourhoods from returning to work. This will prove flexibility to deliver services in ways that best meet the needs of the local community.

I can now announce that these pilots will be allocated in neighbourhoods based in the local authority wards set out in the table. Over the coming months Jobcentre Plus will work with Local Strategic Partnerships and other key stakeholders to plan how the pilots will operate locally to deliver the help residents need.

Local Authority

Wards

Tower HamletsBromley-by-Bow East India & Lansbury Limehouse
KnowsleyNorthwood
WirralBirkenhead

Local Authority

Wards

SheffieldManor
Newcastle-upon-TyneMonkchester
BirminghamAston
MiddlesbroughThorntree North Ormesby Barmbles Farm
SwanseaPenderry
Great YarmouthCentral & Northgate Nelson
HastingsCastle
Glasgow CityParkhead Ward
Glasgow CityHutchesontown Ward