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Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many area-based poverty initiatives are administered by his Department; and if he will list them.[119485]

The Government believe that helping more people into work is the best way to reduce poverty and guarantee a better standard of living for everyone in our society.The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a wide range of labour market initiatives and continues to improve the help provided by piloting new approaches in specific areas. These initiatives and pilots for new ways of working, such as StepUp and Employment Zones, build on the success of the New Deal in helping the long-term unemployed back into work.Two of these initiatives are specifically area-based—Action Teams for Jobs and Ethnic Minority Outreach. The objective for both these initiatives is to help people from disadvantaged communities to find work.