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Unemployment: Bradford

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of George Galloway George Galloway Respect, Bradford West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce unemployment in Bradford West constituency.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department is aware of the challenges facing jobseekers in the labour market and has put in place a substantial menu of support to help them move into work.

Jobcentre Plus currently offers claimants a comprehensive menu of help including skills provision and job search support. All jobseeker’s allowance claimants have access to the Flexible Support Fund which is targeted to help claimants overcome barriers to employment.

This is bolstered by a number of Get Britain Working measures including:

work experience; work clubs; and support for those looking to start their own business known as the new enterprise allowance.

The Work programme provides tailored support to those claimants furthest from the labour market. Claimants with more challenging barriers to work can be referred early. Providers are paid on the results they achieve, and are paid more for supporting the hardest to help into sustained work.

The Youth Contract, launched on 2 April, will provide nearly half a million new opportunities for young people including:

wage incentives for employers taking on a claimant from the Work programme; incentives to take on apprentices; and extra work experience places.

Extra funding is being made available to support the most vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training, into learning, an apprenticeship or a job with training.

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