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Future Jobs Fund

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have taken on more staff under the Future Jobs Fund; how many such staff have been employed by each such local authority; and how many such staff each local authority plans to employ in the next three years. (315106)

We cannot comment publicly on job starts ahead of publication of the confirmed official statistical data, which is due in spring 2010. It is not possible to estimate how many staff each local authority plans to employ in the next three years as this is not information we require as part of the Future Jobs Fund bid process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the role of social enterprises in the Future Jobs Fund. (315109)

The future jobs fund provides an excellent opportunity for social enterprises and the third sector to create jobs for young people, and this is reflected in the guidance available on the website available to all potential bidders. While my Department does not provide specific guidance to local authorities on the role of social enterprises in the future jobs fund, there are many examples of authorities working closely with social enterprises to create new jobs.