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£6 million boost to help unemployed into work

The London boroughs have commissioned six new initiatives to tackle poverty across the capital by helping long-term unemployed and disadvantaged residents into work. The programme will make available £6 million funding in total.

The announcement marks the start of a new programme of work, which is jointly funded by London boroughs (via London Councils, who also manage the programme) and the European Social Fund. 

Cllr Paul McGlone, Chair of the Grants Committee, said: “We’re delighted to use this funding to tackle poverty in some of London’s most deprived communities by getting people back into work.

“The money will be focused on those who are a long way from employment and will offer tailored support.  At least 4,500 people will be helped and every borough will receive levels of support based on their needs. 

“This new programme will also offer enhanced support for homeless people and those who have recently recovered from substance abuse, with increased payments to reflect the extra help required supporting these individuals back into work.”

The funding will be targeted at those who have been out of work for a long time and need a helping hand to build their skills and confidence so they are prepared and ready to work.  This will enable them to improve their life chances and become more self-reliant.

Other target groups will include disabled people, over 50s, ethnic minorities and women.

The projects will be delivered by voluntary and community organisations recognised for their effectiveness at reaching people furthest from the labour market, and those in diverse communities.

The projects, which will run from September 2016 to December 2018, are as follows:

Project

Borough Clusters

Available

amount

 

Winning Bidder

1

Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Brent & Richmond upon Thames

 

£896,229

Disability Times Trust

2

Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, Croydon & Lambeth

 

£966,423

London Training and Employment Network

3

Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich & Bexley

 

£926,312

MI ComputSolutions

4

Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Barnet, Harrow, Haringey & Hammersmith and Fulham

 

£928,819

Paddington Development Trust

5

Enfield, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets & Camden

 

£938,847

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

6

Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge & Waltham Forest

 

£983,971

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

London Councils will manage the projects to ensure people receive professional, tailored support. Organisations will only receive payment once a participant is placed in a job or in further education.

Click here for more information about the London Councils Grants Programme.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Poverty Programme is half funded by boroughs’ contributions to the Grants Programme (£1 million per year). These are matched by £1 million from London Councils’ European Social Fund (ESF) Programme
  2. London Councils receives this ESF from the GLA. The GLA operates within a framework set by the Department for Work and Pensions and the London Enterprise Panel.
  3. The establishment of this new ESF programme and all funding made under it are conditional on London Councils being successful in signing an agreement on ESF with the GLA. It is anticipated that this will happen shortly.