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Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants who have flowed off JSA on to Government supported training schemes in each month of the past two years





















































1. Data are rounded to the nearest five.
2. This information is published on the Nomis website at:
3. The percentage of people leaving with an unknown destination recorded has increased over the last 10 years. This is because the completion levels of the JSA40 (forms filled in by people leaving JSA) have decreased over this period. This should be taken into account when interpreting these statistics, as many of these 'unknown' leavers will have moved into employment or other benefits.
Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only).

The information requested on the number of people who have flowed off jobseeker's allowance to receive the self-employment credit is shown in the following table. Self-employment credit was introduced from April 2009 and the latest figures available are for July 2009.

2009 Number of people receiving self-employment credit









1. Figures above 10 are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Months are calendar months.
DWP research at:

The information requested on people who have flowed off jobseeker's allowance into a Future Jobs Fund job is not available.

Unemployment: Coatbridge

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce levels of unemployment in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency. [296525]

Jim Knight: Jobcentre Plus has recruited 140 new staff in Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire district on fixed term appointments to deal with the rising number of customers claiming jobseeker's allowance and to support these customers back into work as quickly as possible.

In addition, we have quadrupled the funds for the Rapid Response Service from £3 million in 2008-09 to £6 million and to £12 million in 2009-10 and 2010-11, extending the service into all areas affected by large scale redundancies or cumulative redundancies.

Jobcentre Plus offers pre-unemployment assistance and Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) redundancy support. Lanarkshire has been heavily
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hit by redundancies and there have been numerous companies supported from February 2008 to date, including 16 companies in July and August alone.

For the newly unemployed, we have significantly increased funding to maintain and increase support through Jobcentre Plus. As well as help and advice to find a new job and access to thousands of vacancies, the newly unemployed now have access to help to meet expenses involved in finding work through the Adviser Discretionary Fund and help to find work through local employment partnerships.

Everyone reaching six months unemployed from 6 April onwards will receive significant extra support from Jobcentre Plus employment advisers.

This new package of support will involve extended meetings every four weeks or so to discuss the best strategies for finding work, including access to recruitment subsidies, new training places, volunteering and help to take up self-employment.

The six-month-unemployed employer subsidy of £1,000 is designed to help improve the job prospects of customers who have been claiming jobseeker's allowance for six months or more. All eligible customers in the constituency area are being issued with the employer subsidy voucher to self-market at any interviews they may attend. Employers are being marketed extensively to alert them to the Recruitment Subsidy which, for eligible customers, attracts further funding for training.

Flexible new deal was launched in Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire on 5 October. Flexible new deal is designed to ensure a unified approach for all jobseekers, whatever their age, skills or barriers to work. At the 12 month stage of unemployment customers receive more flexible and personalised help, which is delivered by contracted providers, dependent on customer needs and local labour market requirements.

The £1 billion Future Jobs Fund, part of the Young Persons Guarantee announced in the Budget, will create new jobs for the long-term unemployed, particularly young adults and those in unemployment hotspots. This initiative will create 150,000 jobs of which 100,000 are targeted at young adults and 50,000 focused on unemployment hotspots.

While there are no specific bids to the fund for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency, North Lanarkshire council was successful in a bid that will create 1,080 jobs, of which 390 jobs are being created between October 2009 and March 2010. This includes jobs in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency. National bids will also create additional jobs in this area.

In September we announced the Backing Young Britain campaign, £40 million of funding for new internships and work placements for graduates and 10,000 places for non-graduates, a new mentoring network to help young people find their feet in a tough jobs market and more help from day one of unemployment through job clubs and one to one support. Business, charities and public sector employers are being called upon to join the 280 organisations already signed up to the Backing Young Britain campaign.

There is a wide range of training courses (including part time and evening study) available from Jobcentre Plus, local colleges and other providers. Training will be
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focused to meet both the individual's work aspirations and the needs of the local job market.

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps her Department has taken to assist unemployed people seeking work-related training and education in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency. [296527]

Jim Knight: In the Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire area we have received 200 applications for help from the Rapid Response Fund to provide additional training and education support by way of skills analysis and job focused training. Of these, 90 people have been helped since April 2009 and we are currently processing the remaining applications.

In Lanarkshire we expect to have approximately 110-150 vacancies each month in the first six months of the Future Jobs Fund. The Future Jobs Fund is a part of the Young Person's Guarantee and from early 2010, everyone between the ages of 18 and 24 who has been looking for work for a year will get an offer of a job, work experience, or training lasting at least six months. We are currently advertising 136 Future Jobs Fund vacancies across Lanarkshire to 18 to 24-year-olds.

In addition to helping young people, the Future Jobs Fund can also help in unemployment hotspots. In the first round of bids for Future Jobs Fund, North Lanarkshire council, which covers the constituency area and further, has guaranteed 440 jobs, 90 of which are targeted to unemployment hotspot areas and therefore are open to people in those areas aged 25 plus. Looking ahead to 2011, a further 119 jobs will be made available to unemployment hot spot areas.

Overall responsibility for adult training in Scotland rests with the Scottish Government and is delivered by Skills Development Scotland is ongoing under Work Focused Training with local colleges and Skills Development Scotland to develop job focused training relevant to the local labour market. Jobcentre Plus in Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire has an excellent working relationship with Skills Development Scotland. We work together to ensure that the budget for this operational year is focused on providing the right training to assist our customers to secure employment.

The Community Taskforce is due for launch early 2010. Tenders to deliver this work will be assessed in November. This will involve 13 week work placements for 18 to 24-year-olds, aimed at enhancing their skills and experience.

Excellent partnership arrangements have been set up across Lanarkshire through the group Routes to Inclusion. Members of the group include officials from the two local authorities, Jobcentre Plus, local colleges, NHS and Skills Development Scotland. Jobcentre Plus is chair of this group and the agenda is focused on helping people back to work and making the most of funding that is available.

Vacancies: Chelmsford

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to Chelmsford Jobcentre Plus in each of the last six months for which figures are available. [298791]

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Jim Knight [holding answer 9 November 2009]: The following table shows the number of notified vacancies at the Chelmsford Jobcentre in the six months from April 2009 to September 2009 inclusive. The information covers both the number of live unfilled vacancies, and the number of notified vacancies:

Jobcentre Plus Chelmsford

Live unfilled vacancies Notified vacancies

April 2009



May 2009



June 2009



July 2009



August 2009



September 2009



1. This information is available in the public domain at:
2. Data are unrounded.
3. Changes to Jobcentre Plus vacancy handling procedures have led to a major discontinuity in the vacancy statistics pre and post May 2006. Consequently, care should be taken in interpreting time-series data.
4. These are not whole economy figures. Coverage relates just to vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and as such represent a market share of vacancies throughout the whole economy. This proportion varies over time, according to the occupation of the vacancy and industry of the employer, and by local area. Comprehensive estimates of all job vacancies (not just those notified to Jobcentre Plus) are available from the monthly ONS Vacancy Survey since April 2001, based on a sample of some 6,000 enterprises. However, the ONS survey is currently designed to provide national estimates only.
5. Notified vacancies-uses monthly data on the inflow of newly notified vacancies to Jobcentre Plus.
6. The stocks of live unfilled vacancies reflect more accurately job opportunities available via Jobcentre Plus. In the case of unfilled vacancies, use of the figures on live vacancies is recommended (i.e. excluding suspended vacancies), and this is the default option. Live vacancies may still include some vacancies which have already been filled or are otherwise no longer open.
Jobcentre Plus Labour Market figures.

Vetting: Young People

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations she has received on the effect on the employment prospects of young jobseekers of spent convictions for minor cautions being disclosed during enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks. [297951]

Jim Knight: I am not aware that any representations have been received on this subject.

Voluntary Work

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of people taking up the offer of a volunteering placement under her Department's Six Month Offer in each month since April 2009; how many placements have been completed; and in how many instances no suitable placement was found. [297350]

Jim Knight: The information requested on the number of volunteering placements under the six month offer is shown in the following table. The latest figures available are for July 2009. The information requested on the
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number of placements completed and number of cases where no suitable placements could be found is not available.

Number of people taking up volunteering placements under the six month offer
Month Number

April 2009


May 2009


June 2009


July 2009


1. Figures are for Great Britain.
2. Values less than 10 are suppressed and marked with a "*".
3. Any figures above 10 are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Months are calendar months.
DWP research at:

Work Emergency Discretion Fund

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received funding from the Work Emergency Discretion Fund since it became available nationwide. [298863]

Jim Knight: Since the In Work Emergency Discretionary Fund became available nationwide, 820 people have received funding. These data cover the period April 2008 to March 2009.

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