Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

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

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the high level of unemployment among young black men; and what steps he proposes to take to tackle this problem.

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

This Government is moving beyond defining people simply because they have ticked a box on a form. Our approach is to support people according to their individual needs and circumstances rather than segregate people according to ethnicity. That is why we have introduced personalised support, through the Work Programme, the Youth Contract and Get Britain Working Measures. The significantly increased flexibility that we have given to providers and Jobcentre Plus means that interventions can be tailored to address an individual's specific needs.

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