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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has introduced to assist people over 55 years who have been (a) made redundant and (b) made redundant for more than one year to find alternative employment. (102265)

We work with employer and partner organisations to help people who have been made redundant access a range of services aimed at helping them find alternative employment. The help provided will vary depending upon particular needs, not the age group of individuals, or the period of unemployment following redundancy. Typically, this involves the provision of information, advice and guidance about jobs and how best to secure alternative employment. In the case of large-scale redundancies that have a significant impact on the local labour market, additional help, for example, skills transfer analysis and job-focussed training may be provided through the Rapid Response Service. This help is not age-related but it is time-bound to 12 weeks before and 12 weeks following someone being made redundant.