Barking and Dagenham to get nearly £500,000 to find unemployed people work

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2018

The Barking Jobcentre Plus in Wakering Road. Picture: John Hercock

The Barking Jobcentre Plus in Wakering Road. Picture: John Hercock


Barking and Dagenham is getting nearly £500,000 to get more residents into work.

The funding, from Jobcentre Plus, will pay for five projects to help with employment support and placing people in jobs.

The projects, worth £475,407, are expected to run for one year and will be available for those claiming out of work benefits.

Since June, an employment programme run by the council’s Job Shop service has been working with 119 people, finding 13 people work. It’s aiming to have 180 people in work by the time the programme is finished.

Councillor Sade Bright, cabinet member for employment, said: “We are serious about our commitment that no resident will be left behind in our pursuit of growth for the whole borough.

“The council will support every person and family to fulfil their potential, through education, work and where needed, other types of support.”

The Job Shop service has found 266 people employment this year.

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