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Future Jobs Fund

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate her Department has made of the number of people resident in unemployment hot spots and claiming employment support allowance, income support or incapacity benefit who will participate in the Future Jobs Fund in the next 12 months. (291038)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: The Future Jobs Fund will fund up to 50,000 jobs for people who have been out of work long-term in unemployment hotspots. These jobs will be open to people on a range of benefits, and it is not possible to say in advance how many will be taken by people claiming employment and support allowance, income support or incapacity benefit. However, we will monitor progress closely during live running and in the evaluation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobs she expects to be created under the Future Jobs Fund in (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England in the next 12 months; and what types of job she expects to be created; (292719)

(2) how much funding her Department has allocated to date to (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England under the Future Jobs Fund; and how much funding she expects to allocate in the next 12 months.

Three bidding rounds have been completed to date and information can only be provided on the jobs awarded under those rounds. It is not possible to estimate how many additional jobs may be awarded under future bidding rounds in the first 12 months of the project.

Under the first two bidding rounds, 111 jobs will be created in Luton, 137 jobs will be created in Bedfordshire and 1,375 jobs will be created in East of England. These jobs will be created between October 2009 and April 2010.

There were no successful bids for the East of England in the third bidding round which was announced on 14 October 2009.

The types of jobs that will be created in East of England region under the first two bidding rounds are as follows:

A variety of jobs working in museums;

Energy/recycling officers; grounds and facilities maintenance and gardening;

A free handyman service for vulnerable people;

Social enterprise hotel for people with special needs and disabilities;

Assistant Ranger to work alongside Countryside Ranger to enable the country park to have more volunteers of all abilities;

Excavators to assist on archaeological excavations and finds processing in Suffolk;

A variety of jobs in children’s services, environmental services, transportation and housing;

Adult Social Care, Green/Environmental jobs/Support Workers children/youth); and

Market Intelligence Researcher, Administrator, Sales and Business Developer, Youth and Community Development Trainee, Landscaping Assistant, Administration and Community Assistant, Sustainability Assistant, Health Projects Assistant, Children Services Assistant, Woodland Operatives, Customer Relationship Assistant, Trainee Finance Officer, Marketing Assistant, Finance Assistant, Human Resources Assistant, Mentor/Mediator Assistant, Business Development Assistant, Recruitment Assistant.

It is also not possible to provide details of the funding allocated to Luton or Bedfordshire. Due to the make-up of the awards in those areas, to reveal information on the number of jobs awarded together with the amount of funding awarded could enable a calculation to be made which would reveal commercially sensitive information about the bids involved.

Across East of England region, £6,475,415 has been granted in the first two bidding rounds. It is not possible to estimate how much funding may be committed under future bidding rounds in the first 12 months of the project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will estimate the average cost of a job created under the Future Jobs Fund to date. (292721)

As the number of jobs being created and costs vary between bids, the average unit cost per job will change with each funding round. The estimated average cost is expected to be between £6,300-£6,500 per job over the life of the fund.