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Rapid Response Service: East Riding

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many redundancies in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been designated as significant and dealt with by the Rapid Response Service; and if he will make a statement. (254045)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning how many redundancies in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been designated as significant and dealt with by the Rapid Response Service. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

A strengthened Rapid Response Service was launched on 12 November, doubling national funding from £3 million to £6 million in the current year and doubled again to £12million in 2009/10. Through the Rapid Response Service, Jobcentre Plus has access to funds to enable those individuals made redundant to receive the necessary help to get them back into work.

19 companies to date in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been designated as significant redundancies and dealt with by the Rapid Response Service. Of the 19 companies, 3 received full Rapid Response Funding to retrain redundant workers with the rest receiving retraining through other funding streams. In total 2,268 individuals accessed the Rapid Response Service.