Work Programme: Travellers

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in their draft Child Poverty Strategy 2014–17, what they envisage by “specialist” support for Gypsy and Traveller parents via the Work Programme.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Government’s strategy for increasing ethnic minority employment and participation in the labour market is based around mainstreaming opportunity through locally delivered flexible provision.

The Work Programme is designed to give providers the flexibility to support each individual jobseeker, rather than treat people according to ethnic groups. Local autonomy and flexibility has replaced the one size fits all approach that has dogged previous employment schemes.

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