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Ethnic Minority Outreach

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) provider and (b) Job Centre Plus-led ethnic minority outreach activities in Liverpool; and if he will make a statement. (73206)

[holding answer 23 May 2006]: The Ethnic Minority Outreach (EMO) programme is delivered by private or voluntary and community sector providers on behalf of Jobcentre Plus. It is not, therefore, possible to assess the merits of Jobcentre Plus-led ethnic minority outreach activities in Liverpool, or elsewhere. We have, however, evaluated the programme nationally to assess the merits of voluntary/community sector-led EMO. These included:

success in engaging with ethnic minorities who otherwise may make little use of mainstream Jobcentre Plus services and in helping them into employment;

close links with the ethnic minority communities they are attempting to help;

specialist knowledge of the employment issues faced by people from ethnic minorities.

a highly personalised service and intense level of support;

working in ways which respected cultural sensitivities; and

provision available in the places where ethnic minority communities lived and socialised and in non-threatening and user-friendly venues.