New programme aimed at getting people back into work launched

Release Date: 06 March 2018

A new programme aimed at helping residents in five London boroughs have a ‘better working future’ has now been launched.

Better Working Futures is a £14m programme commissioned by five councils to help unemployed residents in Richmond, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton, get back into work.

Launched this week, the programme which is being delivered by a leading UK recruitment and training company, will offer one to one advice and support from case workers, specifically helping people with disabilities, health conditions and long term unemployment. Reed in Partnership will work with each council to ensure local expertise is drawn upon when helping with matters such as basic skills, training, health, housing and English for speakers of other languages.

The funding for the programme has been devolved to the boroughs from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and match funded by the European Social Fund.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“Helping people get back into work is very important. Reed in Partnership will deliver an important service to the 5,012 people living across the five boroughs, who are either long term unemployed, have health problems or disabilities or face other kinds of barriers to employment.

“This is an important step in the roll out of our Work and Health Programme in 2018. We remain committed to providing high quality employment services to people across Richmond.”

For more information, visit the Better Working Futures website.

Notes for editors

 The project is receiving £6.9m of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) programme in London. The Greater London Authority is managing the ESF programme in London. Established by the European Union ESF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit GOV.UK.

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Reference: P134/18

Updated: 16 March 2018