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Employment Programme Centres

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding for employment programme centres in South Yorkshire was provided by the European Structural Fund under the terms of the county's objective one status in each year for which figures are available. (93895)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how much funding for employment programme centres in South Yorkshire was provided by the European Structural Fund under the terms of the county’s objective one status in each year for which figures are available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The European Structural Fund Objective 1 has not funded programme centres in South Yorkshire. Co-financed by Jobcentre Plus it has, however, funded a broader initiative known as “Ways to Work” in four main centres (Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster). The maximum contract value for this provision over its full period of operation, which runs from October 2005 until March 2007, is £1.09m.

I hope this is helpful.