Over the next five years we will be working with seven other central London councils to help almost 4,000 unemployed people find sustainable work across central London. This new programme, the first of its kind, uses £11.5m of Government funding to deliver integrated, tailored services in the community.
In Westminster, the Working Capital programme will work with 400 people who currently claim Employment and Support Allowance to provide tailored, individual support to help place them into work. Integrating the new service into the community and our existing services such as health services, debt advice and housing support means we will identify and support eligible residents through dedicated caseworkers to help them overcome their individual barriers to getting into work.
This week, Central London Forward, the strategic organisation representing the eight central London local authorities for the programme, appointed Pertemps People Development Group working in partnership with Remploy to deliver this programme. The contract will deliver a major part of the London Growth Deal and is funded by Government investment.
Along with a range of other employment support initiatives, Working Capital forms a key part of the council’s ambition to reduce the number of long-term unemployed in Westminster by a third in the next three years.