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Worklessness

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received on the role of local authorities in reducing worklessness. (304617)

I, my ministerial colleagues and my officials, are in regular contact with a range of organisations on this important issue, including individual local authorities and the Local Government Association.

Local authorities and their partners play a vital role in tackling worklessness, through leading, co-ordinating and delivering integrated partnership responses to worklessness that are tailored to local needs.

That is why we topped-up the £1.5 billion Working Neighbourhoods Fund with an additional £40 million last month, and that is why local authority-led partnerships are responsible for around half of the 95,00 Future Jobs Fund jobs announced so far.