Work Programme: West Midlands
Work and Pensions
Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reduction there has been in long-term unemployment since the start of the Work programme in (a) Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) Birmingham.
Mark Hoban (Fareham, Conservative)
Since June 2011 the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance for more than a year has risen from 875 to 1,755 in Birmingham, Erdington and from 8,380 to 16,455 in Birmingham LAD. However, nationally the number of people unemployed for over 12 months on the broader ILO measure fell by 5,000 in the latest quarter.