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Redundancy: Dartford

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support employees in Dartford facing redundancy in the near future. (246094)

HM Treasury is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to take steps to ensure that individuals facing redundancy are helped to move swiftly into a new job. The recent pre-Budget report announced measures which build on the support Jobcentre Plus already has in place. The package included the expansion of Jobcentre Plus rapid response service to target both small and large-scale redundancies, the extension of Train to Gain to provide new training to people before they are made redundant, and the launch of a National Employment Partnership.

The PBR also announced that Jobcentre Plus Regional Ministers will work with regional development agencies to develop plans for co-ordinated responses to large-scale redundancies, as soon as they are notified. “Meeting the economic challenges in every region”, published alongside the 2008 pre-Budget report, outlined the Government’s response to support regions and localities, and sets out how regional partners are working together to focus on meeting the pressing challenges of their regions. More information on the actions that the South East of England Development Agency is taking to meet current economic challenges in the South East can be found at:

www.seeda.co.uk