Unemployment (Lewisham)

Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 14 December 2004.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he has taken to reduce unemployment in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 2001 among (a) young people, (b) disabled people, (c) lone parents and (d) the long-term unemployed.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Work), Department for Work and Pensions

As a result of a combination of economic stability and our radical labour market policies unemployment in Lewisham Deptford has reduced by 12 per cent. since 2001 and now stands at 2,949, with long-term unemployment reduced by 35 per cent. to 585.

Our New Deal programmes administered by Jobcentre Plus have been a great success helping over 600 young people, over 600 long-term unemployed and 200 disabled people in Lewisham Deptford into work.

Lewisham Deptford also benefits from the Government's Welfare to Work 'Action Team initiative' that provides tailored support to disadvantaged customers within the community through an outreach advisory approach.

There have been ongoing activities specific to Lewisham Deptford to help local people into work. Local initiatives have included a Disability Jobsfair at Charlton Athletic Football ground in September 2004 and there is a weekly attendance by Deptford Disability Employment Adviser at Speedwell Mental Health Centre.

Lone Parent Advisers and Childcare Partnership Managers offer additional help to people in Lewisham via a variety of pilots and partnerships, in particular the TryChildcare team. Recent events have been held with New Deal for Communities, Opening Doors, Inland Revenue, the Lewisham Action Team and the North Lewisham Children's Centre.

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