Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 28th April 2009.

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Photo of Judy Mallaber Judy Mallaber Labour, Amber Valley 4:44 pm, 28th April 2009

Unfortunately we have lost some jobs in my constituency, including in one business that we were able to help with the banking problems. Does my right hon. Friend agree with what was said in the discussion that I had with my local jobcentre manager last week—that, unlike in the previous recession, we now have an active labour market intervention strategy? Will he accept my thanks that there is now a much broader suite of measures that can be used to try to help people who do not have a job to get back into employment? For example, they can be helped to go into business for themselves, look for other employment or enhance their skills. Does he accept that that strategy is very different from what happened in the previous recession?

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