Jobs First

Health written statement – made on 8th March 2010.

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Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

I am today announcing the seven sites that have been successful in applying to be Jobs First demonstration sites.

Jobs First is an initiative that will support people with moderate to severe learning disabilities to use their personal budget to purchase the services they need in order to progress towards paid employment. The project will also demonstrate varying forms of support brokerage which will assist people with learning disabilities to prioritise employment within their support plan.

This approach will be demonstrated and evaluated in seven English local authorities over a 12-month period until March 2011. A number of local authorities were approached to take part in the project.

The seven Jobs First demonstration sites are:

Essex County Council;

Oldham Council;

Leicester City Council;

London Borough of Newham;

Herefordshire Council;

North Tyneside Council; and

Northamptonshire County Council

These seven local authorities will start to implement Jobs First in April 2010 and the project is expected to run for 12 months. The findings from the project will support Government policy on disability equality and worklessness.