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Poverty Initiatives (Westminster)

April 15, 2002

Question written on 15/04/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many area-based city of Westminster poverty initiatives are administered by his Department.

Answered by Malcolm Wicks

The Department believes that employment is the best way out of poverty and our Welfare to Work initiatives are helping people move into work in all parts of the country. The new deals have already helped over 600,000 people into jobs, including over 700 in the hon. Member’s constituency.We do recognise that there are some geographical areas that lag significantly behind the national average in terms of work outcomes. The departmental neighbourhood renewal strategy aims to improve the aggregate employment rate for the 30 local authorities with the poorest initial labour market position. The City of Westminster is not one of these 30 areas and so we are not currently administering any area-based poverty initiatives in this area. However, these constituents still have access to our range of national welfare to work initiatives available through Jobcentre Plus.