The three boroughs in south London - Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark - have joined forces to tackle unemployment
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Despite the boroughs’ location in the city with the fastest growing economy in the country, there are 90,000 people on working age benefits in the area, representing 15% of the working age population.
Approximately 6% of residents have never worked. Getting into work is key to improving the financial resilience of residents, and for those in lower paid work to gain access to higher skilled and higher paid employment.
The partnership includes the three boroughs, local colleges, Jobcentre Plus, Skills Funding Agency, work programme providers, housing providers, businesses and the voluntary sector.
Key objectives will be to:
- Identify and understand different groups of people and their employability and skills needs and assess how much the various agencies spend on getting them back to work.
- Identify which groups of benefit claimants are best dealt with by Jobcentre Plus and the work programme and which would best be helped by Jobcentre Plus and local authorities.
- Develop a service involving all the partners which will take the most complex cases from first benefit application to employment.
- Develop a face to face service for the most complex cases using the experience gained by the boroughs’ involvement in the various universal credit pilots.
- Tackle the gap between residents’ skills and current and future job vacancies by mapping the skills needed and amending provision.