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Local Employment Partnerships

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she expects local employment partnerships to take to support (a) older workers, (b) those with mental health disorders, (c) those with alcohol-related problems and (d) those addicted to drugs. (296848)

[holding answer 2 November 2009]: Through Local Employment Partnerships, over 330,000 people have moved into work with over 40,000 employers since September 2007. Local Employment Partnerships are agreements between the Government through Jobcentre Plus and its partners to work with employers to help all those disadvantaged in the labour market move from benefit into work. Jobcentre Plus uses specific initiatives to help disadvantaged people move into and stay in work including Age Positive for older workers and Access to Work for people with a health condition. We will shortly pilot extra support for problem drug users.

This range of support helps people with specific issues to prepare for work in order that they are better placed to apply for vacancies with employers recruiting through Local Employment Partnerships.