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Kettering Jobcentre Plus

Volume 573: debated on Monday 13 January 2014

20. How many adults and young people have been helped to find employment by Kettering Jobcentre Plus in each of the last three years. (901913)

In the last three years, the number of young people and adults claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Kettering has fallen by 26%, long-term unemployment is down 8%, youth employment is down 35% and long-term youth unemployment is down 31%. Claimants are not required to tell us their reason for leaving JSA, but surveys suggest that it is that 77% of people move into work.

I thank the Minister for that extremely good news for Kettering. Will she say what assistance is being provided to help young people find employment?

I will indeed. I was planning to give my hon. Friend some information for those young people in Kettering. There is a growth hub, Brackley job club, Christ Church work club, the graduate boost work club, Kettering library work club and a whole host of extra support. Across the country, we have put £1 billion in the Youth Contract to help young people get into work.