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Future Jobs Fund

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent consideration she has given to extending the exception to the long-term unemployment condition for Future Job Fund eligibility, to include those not in education, employment or training, to blind and partially sighted individuals claiming job seeker's allowance. (290944)

The jobs created using the Future Jobs Fund will be targeted at young people approaching ten months on jobseeker’s allowance and other long-term benefit claimants living in areas of high unemployment. Some jobseeker’s allowance customers, including those with a disability, can volunteer for more intensive support from Jobcentre Plus earlier in their claim at the discretion of their personal adviser. Customers who are fast-tracked to this more intensive support will be able to access Future Jobs Fund jobs from four months.